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Women’s lacrosse wrap: West Chester downs No. 5 C.W. Post; Cabrini tops Widener, 17-16

Wednesday, 25th April 2012

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/25/12
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Jamie Dolan sparked a seven-goal run late in the second half that fueled West Chester’s frantic come-from-behind 18-15 victory over fifth-ranked C.W. Post in a non-league women’s lacrosse match at Vonnie Gros Field Tuesday afternoon.

The eighth-ranked Golden Rams (13-2) trailed the Pioneers (12-2), 12-8, with 21 minutes remaining when the Tori Dugan (Bayard Rustin) and Dolan took matters into their own hands.

West Chester won nine straight draw controls, seven secured by Dugan, and Dolan scored four goals during a 7-0 spurt in an eight-minute span as the Rams erased a five-goal deficit and took a 15-12 lead with just over 12 minutes remaining. Dolan finished with six goals, five in the second half, and Dugan registered a career-high 14 draw controls.

West Chester won the draw control battle, 21-14, in halting C.W. Post’s eight-game winning streak.

The Golden Rams notched 10 of the game’s final 13 tallies in the comeback win. A total of 21 goals were scored in the second half, after the Pioneers held a 7-5 advantage at the half. The 33 combined goals in the game were the most by West Chester since a 23-10 win at East Stroudsburg in 2009.

Four of the Rams’ seven goals during the decisive runs came on free position attempts. West Chester was 5-for-6 in the second half on their attempts. Stacey Pellechia started the spurt with a free position goal at 20:15. Dolan then registered a natural hat trick with two of the three tallies on free position attempts.

After Theresa Giunta (Henderson) notched a goal on a free position at the 13:24 mark to give the Golden Rams their first lead since 11:20 of the first half, Dolan and Dugan capped the rally with unassisted tallies.

West Chester opened the game much the same way that it did against No. 1 LeMoyne one week ago at Vonnie Gros Field. The Rams scored the game’s first three goals, before C.W. Post answered with six straight markers to go up 6-3 with four minutes left in the first half.

Erin Oczkowski (Archbishop Wood) ended the run with her second goal of the game with 2:34 left. The Pioneers’ Abbie Ross then re-instated the visitor’s three-goal margin with a tally with 1:49 remaining. Dolan then scored her first of the game with 46 ticks left to send the Rams into the half down 7-5.

Cabrini 17, Widener 16

The Cavaliers rallied in the game’s final minutes to top Widener University 17-16 in the Cavaliers’ regular season home finale. The win leveled the Blue and White’s overall record at 8-8.

Today’s game marked the final regular season home game for Cabrini senior’s Lauren Alessi, Jacky McDermott and Caroline Vaughn.

Freshman Melissa Scanzano led the Cavaliers with a career-high six points and five goals. Junior Christina Pasquariello (Harriton) tallied five points, while McDermott added four points.

The Cavaliers jumped out to an early lead as Pasquariello linked up with freshman Lacie Doubet 62 seconds into the game. Scanzano found Pasquariello 11 seconds later for a 2-0 lead.

Cabrini extended its lead to 3-0 on McDermott’s first tally of the day. At the 24:56 mark, sophomore Sarah Means gave the Cavaliers a 4-0 advantage.

The Pride posted four goals of their own to tie the score at 4-4 with 19:07 to play in the first half. McDermott’s pass to Scanzano led to the Cavaliers’ fifth goal of the day with 11:14 remaining. After an end to end run, sophomore Erin McLaughlin scored her first career goal returning Cabrini’s lead back to two goals.

Widener scored five goals in the final 10 minutes of the half to take a 9-6 lead and all of the momentum into halftime. The Cavaliers sliced into the lead early in the second half as Scanzano and Pasquariello found the net 80 seconds into the second stanza.

Pasquariello completed her hat trick at the 26:30 mark, keeping the Cavaliers within one goal of Widener’s lead. A pair of Pride goals extended Widener’s lead to 12-9. Both teams traded goals as scores by Scanzano and freshman Sara Carzo kept the game within reach.

After another Widener goal, sophomore Ali May and McDermott found the back of the net to pull the Cavaliers to 14-13 with 17 minutes to play.

A Widener goal set the score at 15-13 with 8:07 to play when the Blue and White mounted its comeback. Scanzano’s fourth tally at the 7:08 mark seemed to give the Cavaliers some late juice. One minute later, Pasquariello found May for the sophomore’s second goal of the day, tying the score at 15.

Cabrini continued to fight as McDermott caused a Widener turnover and converted the ensuing free position shot for Cabrini’s first lead since 6-5.

Scanzano put the game out of reach with 2:09 to play with the Cavaliers’ sixth free position goal of the game.

May and Scanzano led the Blue and White with four ground balls each. Scanzano and Doubet combined for eight of Cabrini’s 15 draw controls.

Defensively, McLaughlin and Doubet forced three turnovers each. Sophomore goaltender Janel Folkomer posted seven saves in the victory.

Junior Julia Costello’s six points on four goals and a pair of assist led Widener (6-8).

By virtue of a 7-1 finish in the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC), the Cavaliers received a bye into the CSAC tournament semifinal round. The Cavaliers will host a semifinal game on Wednesday, May 2.

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