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Saturday’s Philly women’s wrap: Lafayette wins; Lehigh falls despite 7 goals by Sukonik

Sunday, 1st April 2012

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/1/12
From Press Releases

Lafayette erased a two-goal second-half deficit and scored six of the final seven to come away with a 14-11 women’s lacrosse victory against Bucknell on Saturday afternoon at Fisher Stadium. Addie Godfrey, the leading goal-scorer in the Patriot League, led the Leopards’ offensive attack, scoring five goals for the second straight game. The junior now has 45 goals this season and also added two assists in the win.

“It’s nice to get our first Patriot League win at home at Fisher Stadium,” head coach Alison Fisher said. “It certainly wasn’t easy, but we showed a lot of confidence in each other and persevered through the times when the game was tight. I was very impressed with our team’s ability to play a full 60 minutes and pull out the win.”

Ana White (Strath Haven) had three goals and an assist and seven draw controls and Jess Rothstein (Harriton) had two goals and an assist for Lafayette while Madison Hurwitz (Council Rock South) had a goal and an assist for the Bison.

Bucknell (3-9, 0-4) quickly took control of the game, scoring the first two goals, and held a 4-1 advantage after nine minutes of play. Trailing by the same margin, Lafayette (8-5, 1-2) pulled within one with a pair of goals 15 seconds apart. Katie Mischler (Mount St. Joseph) converted a pass from Godfrey at the 16:49 mark prior to Ana White controlling the ensuing draw to set up Godfrey’s eight-meter goal at 16:34.

Sophie Kleinert netted her second goal of the contest to push the Bison lead to 5-3 before Lafayette ripped off three in a row to take a 6-5 lead with 8:59 to play in the half. Victoria Maxon started the stretch with her eighth goal of the season before White and Godfrey each added unassisted tallies.

Bucknell responded with the final two goals of the half to go ahead 7-6 at the break.

Godfrey was responsible for Lafayette’s first two goals of the second period, surrounding Kleinart’s third of the day, as the game was tied at 8-8 with less than 21 minutes remaining.

Three minutes later, Bucknell scored twice, 14 seconds apart, to go up 10-8 with 18:23 to play. The comeback began when Godfrey set up white at 17:22 and was followed by Rothstein’s second goal of the game, and 25th of the season, knotting the game at 10-10.

Maxon’s 10th of the year put Lafayette up for the first time at the 13:53 mark before Lindsey Ferro scored to level the score at 11-11 less than two minutes later.

Fifty seconds after Bucknell’s tying goal, White scored the game winner (11:40) before Erin Steel and Godfrey provided the insurance with two more scores in the closing minutes to run the final total to 14-11.

The Maroon and White outscored Bucknell 8-4 over the final 30 minutes and the Leopards held the edge in draw controls, 15-12, including White’s seven and Godfrey’s five. In goal, Meghan Curtin (Penn Charter) earned the win, making four saves, while Mimi Connell (Berwyn native) played 16 minutes in the cage and turned away two Bison shots.

Notes: Rothstein matched her career-high of 25 goals after scoring twice.

American 18, Lehigh 15

Lehigh took a 7-3 first-half advantage, but American used a 6-0 run to take a lead it wouldn’t relinquish as the Eagles (7-5, 3-1 Patriot League) downed the Mountain Hawks (6-6, 2-2), 18-15 on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Carli Sukonik (Harriton) tied a career-high eight points behind seven goals and an assist to lead the offense while junior Julie McBrien added four goals of her own.

Saturday marked Lehigh’s final road game of the season as it returns home for two nonleague contests before hosting Holy Cross and Navy in crucial league clashes to close out the regular season.

Emily Maher (Pennridge) had a goal and three draw controls for American and defender Lauren Binstein (Great Valley) had three groundballs and a caused turnover.

Cornell 13, Princeton 12

No. 18 Cornell outscored No. 16 Princeton in overtime to earn an Ivy League win at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium.

A six-minute non-sudden death overtime tilted in Cornell’s favor 2-1. The Big Red had been in control in the center circle during regulation, 14-10, and would win the opening draw of the overtime period. Caroline Salisbury would score at 48 seconds later to give her team a 12-11 lead.

The Tigers won the next draw control but in the process would lose junior Jaci Gassaway to an injury. She hobbled off the field and would later return with three minutes to play. An errant pass would lead to a turnover and the game’s leading scorer Jessi Steinberg scored on a low shot on the right side with 3:17 left.

The Tigers quickly cut the lead back to one, when junior Sam Ellis (Radnor, 2 assists) won the next draw and fed junior Caroline Rehfuss who found senior Barb Previ open for the goal at 3:01. Previ would keep possession for Princeton by winning the next draw but the Tigers turned the ball over with 1:16 left and Cornell would clear and hang on to the ball for the remainder.

Northwestern 13, Ohio State 12, OT

Ohio State’s Gabby Capuzzi (Archbishop Carroll) scored four goals, but the Buckeyes dropped a thriller to the No. 1 Wildcats at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA.

Northwestern climbed back from an 11-7 deficit to send it into OT.


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