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Women’s lacrosse: Strath Haven grads Penikis, Murphy lead Swarthmore past Ursinus in first round of playoffs

Wednesday, 25th April 2012

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/25/12
From Press Release

Led by an outstanding five-goal, two-assist performance from All-America candidate Annalise Penikis (Strath Haven), the No. 5 seed Swarthmore College women’s lacrosse (12-5) held off a furious second-half rally from No. 4 seed and host Ursinus (9-8) and defeated the Bears 11-10 on Wednesday evening in the Opening Round of the Centennial Conference Women’s Lacrosse playoffs.

With the win, the Garnet advances to the Centennial Conference semifinals to face No. 1 seed and defending national champion Gettysburg on its home field. That game will take place on Saturday, April 28 at 1:00 pm from the Battlefield.

The history-making win marks the first Centennial Conference playoff victory in program history and just the second win over Ursinus since 1994.

Sophomore Corinne Sommi and senior Annelise Mowry each added two goals for Swarthmore while senior Marie Mutryn and junior Beth Martin also scored.

Penikis also made history herself, as her seven-point performance helped her eclipse the 200-point plateau for her career, becoming just the seventh player in program history to reach that mark.

While Annalise Penikis rightfully gets the accolades, it was Annelise Mowry that may have won the game for the Garnet. Thanks to a lightning-quick four-goal run from Ursinus, Swarthmore’s five-goal second lead was trimmed to just 10-9 with under seven minutes to play. With her team on the ropes, Mowry netted the eventually game-winner with 6:14 to play — with an assist from sophomore Lucy Whitacre — to make it an 11-9 game.

Ursinus had the immediate answer, as Lauren Garganio scored for the Bears just 29 seconds later to again make it a one-goal game at 11-10. But over the final five minutes, Swarthmore used ball control and some excellent keep-away tactics to win the game.

Thanks to a crucial draw control win on an all-out hustle play from senior Maddie Williams (Kennett), the Garnet maintained possession and held on to it for three minutes before finally turning it over. With a chance to tie the game in the final two minutes, Ursinus made a costly blunder by drawing an offside penalty with just 1:30 to play, surrendering the ball to Swat. Ninety seconds from victory, Swarthmore maintained possession until the final buzzer sounded, securing the history-making win.

In goal for the Garnet, sophomore Michelle Ammerman played a standout game, saving eight shots. The defense as a whole played one of its best games of the season, led by sophomore Caroline Murphy’s (Strath Haven) three caused turnovers and four ground balls.

Kitty Dawson had three goas for Ursinus.

Swarthmore (12-5) vs. Ursinus (9-8)

Swarthmore 4 7 11
Ursinus 4 6 10

Swarthmore SCORING: GOALS: Annalise Penikis 5; Corinne Sommi 2; Annelise Mowry 2; Marie Mutryn 1; Beth Martin 1. ASSISTS: Annalise Penikis 2; Marie Mutryn 1; Lucy Whitacre 1.

Ursinus SCORING: GOALS: Kitty Dawson 3; Emily Diehl 2; Lauren Garganio 2; Kim Peifer 2; Amber Moyer 1. ASSISTS: Kitty Dawson 1; Emily Diehl 1; Lauren Garganio 1.

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