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Sunday’s women’s lacrosse wrap: McCallion (Notre Dame) helps Penn bounce back, La Salle wins

Sunday, 1st April 2012

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

After a loss to No. 3 Maryland on Friday, Penn head coach Karin Brower Corbett implored her team to come out with a renewed fire on Sunday in an Ivy League game with Columbia, and her team responded. The Quakers scored just 23 seconds into the game, added a second at the 1:40 mark and never looked back en route to a 19-8 win over the Lions.

Nine different players scored for the Quakers as the Red and Blue improved to 6-3 overall and 4-0 inside the Ivy League. Erin Brennan led all scorers with seven points, including four goals. She tallied those seven points in just thirty minutes of game action, moving to the sidelines for the second half. Brennan’s fellow Garden City, N.Y. native Shannon Mangini also had four goals in the game, tying her career high.

In her first career start, Kelly McCallion (Notre Dame Academy) notched a career high in points with three on two goals and an assist. She scored the first goal of the game for the Quakers and then assisted on the second before adding a second goal late in the first half.

The opening thirty minutes was dominated by the Quakers, 11-3, and saw seven different players score goals for the Red and Blue. Penn opened an 8-1 lead, impressively scoring four unassisted goals on 1v1 plays and adding four goals set up by nice passes from behind the net. The Quakers spread out their first eight goals over 24 minutes of game play, but turned on the rapid-fire offense for the final 1:16 of the half, scoring three times before the break.

Penn’s Emily Leitner made five saves while forcing three turnovers and scooping up three ground balls in just under 38 minutes of work before giving way to Carly Churchill. In her first appearance of the season, Churchill made three saves (including one on a free position). Leah McBride was part of a Penn defensive unit that caused 13 turnovers in the game, as she led the field players with three CTs. Taylor Foussadier (Washington Township) and Bunting each had two, while Chrissy Gambino Tomchik and Mangini each forced one Columbia turnover.

La Salle 14, St. Bonaventure 10

The Explorers defeated St. Bonaventure to tie a program record for victories in a season with nine and get off to its best start after 11 games in program history (9-2).

La Salle (9-2, 2-0), which is now on a four-game winning streak, also achieved nine wins during the 2005 and 2010 seasons. The Explorers were 6-5 after 11 games in 2005 and were 7-4 after 11 in 2010.

Junior Melanie Sarcinello (Marple Newtown added five goals in the victory, while freshman Caitlyn Brostrand had four scores. Junior Jackie Roebuck had five points on the day with two goals and three assists.

On defense, senior Allison Herman cause two turnovers, and also picked up two ground balls on the day. Senior goalkeeper Megan Corliss (Archbishop Carroll) made nine saves.

St. Bonaventure (2-3, 0-2) got on the board first just over a minute into the contest. Sarcinello countered with a goal of her own just over a minute later. Sarcinello and freshman Kelly Furman added tallies to put La Salle up 3-1 with 10:12 left in the first.

The teams traded goals and then Lauren Michaels, who led St. Bonaventure with three goals on the day, scored with 3:39 left in the first to cut La Salle’s lead to 4-3 at the half.

Towson 10, Delaware 8

Kelly Custer (Sun Valley) had two goals and an assist for the Tigers in the CAA win.

Freshman Allison Hahn led the way for Delaware (2-9, 0-1 CAA) with a game-high three goals for her first career hat trick to go along with one assist. Freshman Caitlin McCartney (Archbishop Wood) netted two goals for the Hens while Shannon Burns (Springfield-Delco), Chelsea Fay (Villa Maria Academy), and Abbie Hartman (North Penn) scored one goal each.

Duquesne 14, Temple 7

Missed opportunities told the story for Temple lacrosse in a loss to Duquesne (8-4, 1-1). The Owls (7-4, 1-1) had more draw controls and fewer turnovers than the Dukes, but were unable to make a run when they needed to as they suffered their first Atlantic 10 loss.

Missy Schweitzer (Owen J. Roberts) recorded her first hat trick of the season in leading Temple with three goals and an assist. Stepanie Markunas (Ridley) scored twice for the Owls while Karly Cohen and Lea Britton (Council Rock North) recorded one goal apiece.

Richmond 14, St. Joseph’s 7

The Hawks fell to the Spiders. St Joe’s freshman Julia Falcone (West Chester East) notched the first points of her career as she scored three second-half goals.

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