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Women’s lacrosse: Holy Family tops Philadelphia Univ., repeats as CACC champion

Sunday, 28th April 2013

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/28/13
From Press Releases

The Holy Family University women’s lacrosse team defeated cross-town rival Philadelphia University by the score of 12-10 to claim the 2013 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship Sunday afternoon at the Georgian Court University Track & Field Complex in Westlake, N.J.

The win marked the second straight season Holy Family won the CACC Title as the Tigers conclude the season on a six game-winning streak at 13-5. The team’s last loss was versus Philadelphia less than three weeks ago. The Rams conclude the year at 14-5 overall after a perfect conference regular season to win the South Division Regular Season Title.

Seniors Maria Mattioli (Nazareth Academy) and Stephanie McNesby (Archbishop Ryan), along with junior Brigit LaRose (Holy Cross), sophomore Brianna Lancetta (Bishop Eustace) and freshman Paige Settar (Clearview Regional) were all named to the CACC All-Tournament team for their performances during this year’s tournament.

Mattioli and LaRose each led the Tigers with three goals in victory over the Rams. McNesby and Settar also scored multiple scores with two apiece. Settar also picked up two ground balls and caused a turnover.

Senior Jessica Maloney (Archbishop Ryan) led the team with three ground balls and caused a turnover on the defensive side.

For Philadelphia, freshman Liz Mower (Souderton) led the team with four goals to go along with an assist for five points. Mower was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Juniors Libby Nichols and Melissa Styer were named to the All-Tournament team. Nichols finished the game with two scores to go along with a pair of ground balls and four caused turnovers. Styer added a goal and three ground balls.

Holy Family trailed 4-1 early on after Philadelphia opened the game with three straight scores. Later in the half, Holy Family went on to score four of the final five goals of the half to tie the game at 5-5 entering halftime.

LaRose scored a man-up score with 10:47 to play in the first half to make the score 5-3 and was followed by another man-up score by McNesby at the 5:33 mark to cut the lead to one goal.

Less than :30 after McNesby’s score, Settar came through with a free position shot to tie the game at 5-5 to cap the scoring for the first half.

In the second half, Holy Family grabbed the lead for the first time after Mattioli scored a man-down goal off a free position shot to give the Tigers a 6-5 lead at the 22:14 mark.

However, Philadelphia recaptured the lead after three straight scores, including two free position scores by Mower to give the Rams an 8-6 lead. Philadelphia’s run was over a six minute span with a goal by Nichols capping the rally with 16:26 to play in the half.

As the half progressed, the Tigers eventually regained the lead and held on to it for good. Holy Family used a 4-0 run to lead 11-9 with less than three minutes to play.

Freshman Nicole Braungart (Bishop Eustace) started the rally with her first score of the game at the 8:36 mark and was followed minutes later with the game-tying score by LaRose to make the score 9-9.

Over a minute later, Holy Family took the lead with a Settar’s second score of the game with 3:16 showing on the clock. The Tigers added another goal less than a minute later by Mattioli to take a two-goal lead at 11-9.

With 1:05 to play in regulation, Philadelphia cut the lead to one after sophomore Lauren Hartman scored her second goal of the game to make the score 11-10.

On the ensuing possession, the Holy Family defense forced a turnover with :24 seconds left on the clock and went the length of the field as LaRose tacked on the game’s final score with 1.6 seconds showing on the clock to seal the victory for the Tigers.

Freshman goalkeeper Grace Deckert made ten saves for the Tigers after facing 22 shots by Philadelphia. Holy Family had 21 shots during the game.

Philadelphia had a slight edge with 15 ground balls, while the Tigers picked up 11. Holy Family controlled the draws by an 11-7 margin.

Philadelphia finishes the season with a 14-5 overall record, the most wins for the program under fifth-year head coach George Chis-Luca. The Rams won the CACC southern division.

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