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Women’s roundup: Penn State edges Princeton; Philadelphia Univ. to meet Holy Family today for CCAC title

Sunday, 27th April 2014

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/27/14
From Press Releases

The No. 8/12 Nittany Lion women’s lacrosse team sent their seniors out in style with a 13-12 victory against 19th-ranked Princeton in its regular-season finale at the Penn State Lacrosse Field Saturday afternoon. Penn State, which honored its seniors prior to the game, played in front of 1,621 fans, the most for a women’s lacrosse game at the facility.

The Nittany Lions (10-6, 3-3 ALC), who defeated the Tigers for the first time since 2007, earned their fifth straight 10-win campaign. Penn State dominated the first half en route to an 8-4 halftime lead before Princeton (10-5, 6-1 Ivy) closed the gap during the final 30 minutes. The Tigers netted three of the frame’s first four goals before ending the contest with five unanswered strikes.

In her final home game of her career, senior Mackenzie Cyr (Westminster, Md.) secured her first six-point game since May 12, 2013 with three goals and three assists. The standout now boasts career totals of 105 assists and 199 points as she ranks third and 10th, respectively, on the program’s all-time list.

Sophomore midfielder Jenna Mosketti (Fallston, Md.) matched her career high with four goals, while junior attacker Maggie McCormick (Eldersburg, Md.) added three helpers. Classmates Kelly Lechner (Silver Spring, Md./2g, 1a) and Jess Loizeaux (Mullica Hill, N.J./2g) and sophomore Madison Cyr (Westminster, Md./2g) contributed multi-point games.

Defensively, senior Lauren Purvis (Hatboro-Horsham.), who leads the ALC in caused turnovers per game, secured a game-high four caused turnovers, while Mosketti, who corralled a game-high four draw controls, added three. Freshman goalkeeper Cat Rainone (Marple Newtown) turned aside seven shots, including two Princeton attempts during the Tigers’ feverish comeback attempt.

The Nittany Lions, who went 12-for-13 on clears, out shot Princeton by a 25-24 margin and held advantages in both ground balls (13-10) and caused turnovers (11-6). The Tigers finished 12-for-12 on clears and won 16 draws to Penn State’s 11. Sarah Lloyd paced the squad with a four-goal game, while Annie Woehling (Radnor) earned the loss after allowing 12 goals.

Penn State will return to action Thursday, May 1 when it faces Johns Hopkins in the first round of the ALC tournament, to be held at Northwestern’s Lakeside Field. Opening draw between the fourth-seeded Nittany Lions and fifth-seeded Blue Jays is set for 3 p.m. ET.

CACC semifinals

Philadelphia Univ. 21, Dominican 11
Holy Family 18, Georgian Court 11

Philadelphia University will make its second straight appearance in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament championship title match after defeating Dominican (N.Y.) in a semifinal round match at Chestnut Hill College.

Philadelphia—the southern division champion and overall number one seed—improves to 16-1 overall and extends its program-best winning streak to 16.

The Rams will face Holy Family–an 18-11 winner over Georgian Court–in the championship match today at 11 a.m. Philadelphia won the season series 2-0.

Liz Mower (Souderton) finished the contest with a match-high seven points (two goals, five assists), while Allison Brian (Hempfield) chipped in with six (four goals, two assists).

Libby Nichols ended up with four goals, one assist, six draw controls, five ground balls, and five caused turnovers. Lauren Hartman also racked up five points with two goals and three assists.

Kristen Blye (Downingtown East) found the back of the net four times. Midfielder Elizabeth Seitzinger (Schnecksville, Pa./Park) added a goal.

Holy Family, winners of seven of its last eight games, improves to 9-8 overall this season. The Tigers will be advancing to their third straight CACC Championship game and fourth overall in the team’s six-year history. Holy Family will face the top-seed from the South Division, Philadelphia University, in a rematch of last year’s title game. The Tigers defeated the Rams, 12-10, to win back-to-back championships.

Four players scored multiple goals for the Tigers, including sophomore Paige Settar (Clearview Regional) who led all scorers with five goals. Senior Brigit LaRose (Holy Cross, NJ) and junior Brianna Lancetta (Bishop Eustace) each scored four goals, while sophomore Nicole Braungart (Bishop Eustace) added three scores.

Lancetta finished the game with five points (4G/1A) and five draws. LaRose led the way with six total points (4G/2A). Junior Sarah Kelly (Washington Twp.) led the game with eight draw controls as Holy Family held the edge in draws, 18-13. The Tigers are one of the top teams in the conference when it comes to draw controls totaling 258 draws this season; second most in the CACC.

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