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Women’s lacrosse: Cabrini, Neumann advance to CSAC finals

Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 5/1/13
From Press Release

Cabrini College will make its 16th appearance in the Colonial States Athletic Conference championship game in the program’s 17-year history. after today’s 21-8 semifinal rout over Immaculata University.

The victory improves the Cavaliers to 10-7 on the season and extends the club win streak to 17 games against conference opponents.

The Blue and White will play for its second s consecutive CSAC title and 12th in program history on Saturday at Edith Robb Dixon Field. The Cavaliers will host second seed Neumann University (14-4) at noon. The Knights topped Marywood University, 20-10, in today’s second semifinal.

The Blue and White displayed a balanced attack as eight players tallied at least one goal. Freshman Katie Lasater (Great Valley) posted a career high seven points including a season best five assists. Sophomore Melissa Scanzano (Haverford High) recorded her third career five goal game, while senior Christina Pasquariello (Harriton) matched the sophomore’s five points. Sophomores Sara Carzo (Strath Haven) and Lacie Doubet (Ridley) added four points each.

The Cavaliers wasted little time gaining a lead as Scanzano scored an unassisted tally just 46 seconds into the game. The sophomore doubled the Cabrini lead at the 25:43 mark. Lasater netted the Blue and White’s next two goal, extending eh lead to 4-0 with 21:45 left in the opening half. The Mighty Macs cut the lead in half at the 20:24 mark with back to back goals.

Cabrini regained the game’s momentum with Doubet’s unassisted goal. Sophomore Taylor Carroll (St. Hubert) posted her second goal of 2013 with 13:20 left in the half.

Cabrini put some distance between itself and Immaculata with a 52 second flurry, as Carzo, Pasquariello and Doubet found the back of the net to extend the lead to 9-2 with 10:17 left in the half. The Mighty Macs got one of the goals back but junior Bree Thompson (Interboro) and Doubet tallied a pair of unassisted goals, separated by 13 seconds.

Immaculata connected on a free position goal with just under five minutes left in the half before the Cavaliers scored the final four goals of the half. Goals by Pasquariello, Carzo and a pair by Scanzano extended Cabrini’s lead to 15-4 after 30 minutes of play.

The Mighty Macs posted a goal in the early minutes of the second half, before the Cavaliers erupted for three more. Freshman Nathalie Basunga (Springfield-Delco) netted both of her goals on the day in a three minute span, split by a Pasquariello score.

Pasquariello closed her scoring with 13:14 to play, while Scanzano’s fifth tally came with just over 12 minutes left. Carzo completed her hat trick with 4:05 left on the clock.

The Cavaliers outshot Immaculata 45-23, including nine Basunga shots and eight by Pasquariello. Cabrini also caused 18 turnovers to the Mighty Macs’ two. Basunga also controlled 10 draws and scooped six ground balls.

Junior goaltender Janel Folkomer (Springfield-Delco) recorded 12 saves to secure the victory.

Sophomore Danielle Lopez led Immaculata (11-7) with three goals and a helper to go with nine ground balls and five draw controls. Junior netminder Nicole Behrndt (Downingtown East) made 13 saves in the loss.

Neumann 20, Marywood 10

The No. 2 Neumann University women’s lacrosse team defeated the No. 3 Marywood University Pacers 20-10 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) semifinals.

Lexy Wilkinson (Cherokee) led the Knights with five goals and Koula Gregor (Clearview Regional) scored four goals while Alexa McIntyre (Kingsway) added three to help propel the Knights into the CSAC finals.

The Knights scored the first nine goals and they never looked back. Gregor started the onslaught of goals just 25 seconds into the game to take a 1-0 lead.

Gregor scored her second goal of the game with 22:06 remaining in the first half to give Neumann a 6-0 lead. Gregor was behind Marywood’s net, as she shaked and baked around her defender, until she found herself in from of the goal. The fans awaited her release of the ball in anticipation of a goal that suspensefully came to fruition.

Emily Sanders won the ensuing draw control, trucking her way to the net and unloaded an accurate shot for the Knights seventh goal.

Wilkinson tap-danced her way to the net for Neumann’s ninth goal to give them a 9-0 lead.

Marywood was able to chip away into the Knights lead by scoring the next three goals in a span of 1:42 seconds.

Neumann used a three goal run to counter the Pacers run and take a 12-3 lead into halftime.

Marywood showed its resilience and athleticism in the second half after the Knights scored the first goal to take a 13-3 lead. The Pacers scored the next four goals and apply mental anxiety for the Knights.

Neumann withstood the Pacers pockets of runs and calmly swung the game and momentum in their favor, as they scored the next six out of seven goals.

Chrissy Hughes (Springfield-Delco) came up with some quality saves, as she total seven saves on the day and ate up eight ground balls.

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