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Sunday’s women’s roundup: @LehighLacrosse, @DelawareWLax, @SJUHawks_WLax win

Sunday, 22nd April 2018

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/22/18
From Press Releases

After trailing 2-0 early, the Lehigh women’s lacrosse team went on to score 14 of the game’s final 17 goals, including 10 of the last 11, as the Mountain Hawks (11-5, 6-2 PL) picked up their fifth straight win, 14-5 over Bucknell on Sunday afternoon at the Ulrich Sports Complex.

With the win, Lehigh clinches the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament and a home game in the Patriot League Quarterfinals, with one regular season game still remaining (at American Saturday). Sunday was Senior Day as the Mountain Hawks’ senior class was recognized prior to opening draw. One of the seniors, Kayleen Kelly, went on to post a school single-game record 10 draw controls, breaking Carli Sukonik’s (Harriton) previous record of nine in March of 2012.

“It’s always so emotional on Senior Day,” said Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern. “I’m proud of the team for keeping its focus in that second half and making sure that we got this W. Our first half wasn’t our best lacrosse, but we got better as we went along.”

Several Mountain Hawks put forth career efforts. Offensively, senior Haley Wentzel (Boyertown) tied a career-high five goals for a second straight game while sophomore Sondra Dickey (Conestoga) posted career highs in points (8) and assists (5).

One game after posting a career-high four assists, freshman Julianne Puckette (Radnor) tied a career-high three goals, tallying a hat trick for the third time in the last four games. Junior Olivia Kelly added three points (one goal, two assists).

Along with her school-record for draws, Kayleen Kelly tied a career-high four caused turnovers while senior Kierstyn Voiro (Moorestown) recorded three groundballs and four caused turnovers. Dickey added three groundballs, three draw controls and a caused turnover to go with her eight points.

“Kayleen’s just so tough on the draw,” said Redfern. “She’s relentless on the ground and she makes a play on just about every one of them. Sondra’s assists were exciting for us today. She’s drawing two, three, four defenders on nearly every possession so the girls who are free are now able to put their shots away. That’s key going forward.”

Bucknell scored two early goals, at the 28:57 and 24:43 marks, to jump out in front, but Lehigh answered with its first of three 4-0 runs or more. Dickey and Puckette scored to pull the Mountain Hawks even before Wentzel netted consecutive goals to give Lehigh a 4-2 lead with 18:35 left in the first half.

The Bison responded with the next two goals, at 10:46 of the first half and 29:31 of the second, to pull even, but another 4-0 Lehigh surge which included two more Wentzel goals, gave Lehigh an 8-4 lead with 18:31 remaining. Bucknell pulled within 8-5 on a free-position shot, but the Mountain Hawks reeled off five unanswered goals to end the game, from five different goal scorers. Sophomore Autumn Ryan rounded out the scoring in the final minute to account for the 14-5 final.

Delaware 14, William and Mary 6

On a day that was dedicated to them, the Blue Hens seniors shined in a victory over William & Mary at Delaware Stadium on senior day.

Senior goalie Taylor Carpentier tied a season-high with 15 saves while allowing a season-low six goals to go along with two ground balls and two caused turnovers as Delaware (7-9, 2-3 CAA) kept its CAA Tournament hopes alive.

Classmate Megan Santoleri (Archbishop Carroll) added her fourth career hat trick with an assist for four points while fellow senior Becky Gohsler tied a career-high with seven draw controls.

The Hens cruised to a 10-2 halftime advantage as sophomore Sydney Rausa (Hatboro-Horsham) contributed a career-best five goals, including a hat trick in the first 30 minutes, and classmate Mia DeRuggiero dished out five assists, a mark good for second in Delaware Stadium history.

St. Joseph’s 16, George Mason 9

Leading by three with 8:48 to play in regulation, the Hawks ran away with five of the final six goals of the game to earn a victory over George Mason in Atlantic 10 action on Sweeney Field. With their fifth straight win, the Hawks improve to 10-6 overall (6-2 A-10) while the Patriots fall to 10-6 overall (4-4 A-10).

Junior midfielder Rebecca Lane and freshman attacker Sam McGee (Abington) powered SJU’s offense with hat tricks while freshman attacker Stephanie Kelly (2g, 2a), sophomore midfielder Bridget Cerciello (Southern Lehigh. 2g, 2a), and junior attacker Francesca Donato (Neshaminy, 2g, 2a) contributed four points apiece.

Graduate student goalkeeper Liz O’Sullivan (10-6, 6-2 A-10) made nine saves vs. nine goals allowed in the first 56:38.

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