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Women’s college roundup: Cabrini, Neumann to meet in CSAC finals; Haverford College advances

Wednesday, 29th April 2015

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/30/15
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The Cabrini women’s lacrosse team made its reservation for Saturday’s Colonial States Athletic Conference championship game with today’s 18-6 semifinal win over Marywood. The Cavaliers’ eighth consecutive win improved the club to 13-5 overall.

The top seeded Blue and White will make their 18th CSAC championship game appearance in the 19 years of the program. Cabrini will play for its fourth consecutive title and 14th in program history on Saturday, when it faces the winner of tonight’s second semifinal, pitting number two seed Neumann against third seed Immaculata.

Senior Lacie Doubet etched her name in the history book tonight, as the senior broke Erin Nollen’s career scoring record of 221 goals (2007-10). Doubet posted nine points on six goals and three assists, closing the day with 224 career tallies. The nine points also mark the second highest scoring total of the senior’s career.

Fellow senior Melissa Scanzano added six points on three goals and three assists, to go with her three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Junior Sarah Carzo also recorded a hat trick and secured five ground balls.

Senior Sarah Means and sophomore Allie Vallen recorded a goal and two assists each, while sophomore Katie Lasater found the net twice. Sophomore Jess Breuning added a goal to her five ground balls and three draw controls.

The Cabrini defense was in total control, as the club caused 18 turnovers on the day. Freshman Jackie Neary caused four miscues and secured three ground balls, while senior Megan Decker forced three turnovers and scooped five ground balls.

Sophomore goaltender Megan Barlow earned her 13th victory with five saves and four ground balls.

The Blue and White took control of the game in the early minutes, as Scanzano found Doubet for the game’s first goal at the 27:40 mark. Cabrini netted a trio of women-down goals, as five Cavaliers scored in the opening 10 minutes to put the club ahead 5-0.

Carzo completed her hat trick midway through the half, while Doubet posted three goals in a span of 2:25 midway through the opening half. The senior’s record breaking goal came as the final of her mini-spurt, rattling the net at the 10:12 mark.

Doubet added a pair of assists, finding Scanzano and Lasater, as Cabrini extended its lead to 13-0 at the halftime break.

Means and Doubet connected in the opening minutes of the second half before the Pacers got on the board with 25:35 to play. Breuning, Doubet and Scanzano extended the lead to 16-1 midway through the final period, while goals by Lasater and freshman Sara Johnsen interrupted Marywood’s late scoring run.

Freshman Sam Bussinelli and senior Dana Grossjung scored two goals each for Marywood (8-9), while freshman Lauren Smith tallied 18 saves in the loss.

Neumann 16, Immaculata 12

Neumann defeated Immaculata in Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) semifinal action.

Neumann is the No. 2 seed in the playoffs and will face No. 1 seeded Cabrini College in the championship game on Saturday. This will be the third straight year the Knights and the Cavaliers will face-off for the CSAC Title. Cabrini defeated fourth seeded Marywood University 18-6 in the other semifinal match on Wednesday.

Amanda Fedak (sr. Norristown, Pa. / Pope John Paul II) led the Knights with seven goals. Jordan Hopkins (sr. Aston, Pa. / Sun Valley) contributed three goals and 13 draw controls. Shae Risley (so. Ridley Park, Pa. / Ridley) and Alexa McIntyre (jr. Mullica Hill, N.J. / Kingsway) each netted a pair of goals. Sirelle Torres (je. Collingswood, N.J. / Collingswood) picked up seven groundballs and Emily Sanders (sr. Georgetown, Del. / Sussex Central) had six groundballs. Gabby Curry (fr. Maple Shade, N.J. / Camden Catholic) recorded 13 saves in net to pick up the win.

The Mighty Macs came out on fire and scored the first three goals of the game for an early 3-0 lead. Risley and Fedak put Neumann on the board to cut the lead to 3-2. Neumann and Immaculata would go back and forth with goals with but the Mighty Macs would stay just out of reach and would hold an 8-5 lead at halftime.

The second half was more of what the Knights are used to and outscored the Mighty Macs 11-4. Immaculata started the half like the first half and scored 37 seconds in. Neumann responded with four goals of its own in the next 10 minutes, including two by Fedak, to tie the game up at 9-9. Immaculata took back a one goal lead at the 16:49 mark of the second period. Hopkins tied the game back at 10 with 14:10 left on the clock. Fedak’s sixth goal of the game, coming with 11:37 left in regulation, gave the Knights their first lead of the game.

McIntyre and Gabbey Murray (so. Aston, Pa. / Garnet Valley) followed Fedak’s goal for a 13-10 advantage for the Knights with under 10 minutes left on the clock. Neumann outscored Immaculata 3-2 over the final minutes to hold on and complete the comeback.

Neumann (11-5) will travel to Cabrini on Saturday for the CSAC Championship game. The time is TBD.

Haverford College 15, Muhlenberg 12

No. 5 seeded Haverford College defeated No. 4 seeded Muhlenberg in the first round of the Centennial Conference playoffs at Scotty Wood Stadium.

The Fords’ offense started off fast by tallying three goals in the first six and half minutes of game action. Senior Diana Perry registered her 48th goal of the season at the 27:45 mark. Three minutes later, junior Christina Gould scored on a free-position goal. About a minute later, senior Hannah Morgan got one past the Muhlenberg goaltender, Kiersten Mulvey, leading to a Mules’ timeout. Freshman Molly Lausten continued the offensive firepower for the Fords with a free-position goal one minute later.

Muhlenberg’s Kayleigh Theis broke up the four-goal outburst by the Fords with 21 minutes left in the first half, but the Fords’ offense kept pushing ahead with goals from Elyse Adler, sophomore Sarina Manetta and senior Dayna Kim. The Mules’ Nora Fisher added a goal to make the score 7-2, but the Fords ended the half with five consecutive goals to head into halftime up 12-2.

Morgan led the Fords with a hat trick in the first 30 minutes of game action, while eight different players scored for the visitors. Haverford outshot Muhlenberg 15-7, created 12 turnovers, and made 10 of its 12 clears attempts.

The home team did not go away as it scored eight of the first nine goals of the second half, including seven straight goals that cuts its deficit to 13-10 with 6:23 on the clock. Stephanie Umbach (four goals) and Sarah McTamany (two goals) led the comeback for the Mules. Perry’s fourth goal of the game stopped the Mules’ run to make it 14-10 with 5:33 to go in the game, but Muhlenberg kept the pressure on, scoring two more goals to get within two. Morgan’s fourth goal of the contest with seven seconds left sealed the victory for the Fords.

Morgan and Perry led the Haverford offense with four goals each. Perry also had two ground balls and five draw controls while senior Brianna Robbins had a team-high three caused turnovers. Perry now has 177 career goals, ranking her third all-time in program history. Lausten’s two goals in the game gives the team two 40-goal scorers for the first time since the 2005 season. Adler and Gould each had a goal and two assists in the victory.

Umbach had a game-high five goals while McTamany and Fisher had two goals each in the loss.

Haverford improved to 11-7 overall and will now take on the No. 1 seed Gettysburg on the road on Saturday beginning at noon. Earlier this year, the Fords took down the No. 4 ranked Bullets 11-10 in double overtime at Swan Field.

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