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West Chester tops Millersville, clinches PSAC title; to host league tourney

Thursday, 26th April 2018

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/26/18
From Press Release

Emily Schulze (North Penn) registered a hat trick and five others netted a pair of goals each to lead No. 8 West Chester to a 14-6 win over host Millersville and clinch the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference regular-season title Wednesday afternoon at Biemesderfer Stadium.

West Chester (16-0, 11-0 PSAC) secured at least a tie of its 16th regular-season crown since 1994 with the win and will host the conference semifinals and finals on May 4 and 6 at Vonnie Gros Field. Millersville (10-6, 5-6) was eliminated from postseason consideration with the home loss. The Golden Rams will host the conference championship for the first time since 2011 and the 15th time since 1994.

West Chester scored the first six goals of the game and held a 7-1 lead by halftime. All seven tallies in the first half came from a different goal-scorer. Tatum Altman opened up the scoring in the second half, pushing the visitor’s advantage to 8-1, before the hosts rattled off three straight markers, two while up an attacker, to cut the deficit in half at 8-4. But, that was as close as the Marauders would get.

Altman turned in a very balanced effort on Wednesday, scoring two goals, assisting on two others and scooping up five ground balls. Tara Morrissey (Bishop Shanahan) scored twice and grabbed five ground balls as well. Altman’s four-point outing was matched by Schulze, who added an assist to her three goals. Sami Barnett (Interboro) finished with a pair of goals and an assist.

West Chester committed just 10 turnovers in the win while forcing Millersville into 30 miscues. Most of them came on clears with the Marauders failing to clear the ball eight times in 22 attempts. The Golden Rams outshot their hosts by a decided 43-17 margin.

Freshman Julianne Clemens (Springfield-DELCO) made seven saves in the cage to improve to 12-0 on the year.

West Chester will close out its 2018 regular season at home on Saturday against Indiana (Pa.). It will be a GOLD-OUT game in which all fans are encouraged to wear gold shirts in support of Suicide Prevention. The game has also been slated as the final Lax-4-Life game of the year.

Saturday will also serve as Senior Day for the two graduating members of West Chester’s women’s lacrosse squad.

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