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Women’s D1 roundup: @SJUHawks_WLAX wins 1st; Navy, Timchal rally past @NovaWLax

Thursday, 25th February 2016

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 2/25/16
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Paced by junior midfielder Maggie Egan’s career-high eight-point performance, the Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse squad (1-1) earned its first win of the season with a 13-10 victory over Monmouth on a rain-soaked Wednesday afternoon on Sweeney Field. The home Hawks used a 6-1 run to start the second half to snap a nine-game losing streak for their first win of 2016.

Trailing 4-3 coming out of the halftime break, Egan set the tone for the Crimson and Gray as she scored just 16 seconds into the second half to even the score, 4-4. Freshman midfielder Hayley Sabol had won the crucial draw to give the home Hawks that first possession of the second half.

Monmouth responded just 38 seconds later to regain the lead, but Saint Joseph’s tore off on a 5-0 run to jump out to a 9-5 lead with 17:57 remaining in regulation. Senior midfielder Mallory Grey kicked off the scoring at the 27:51 mark, followed by Sabol (22:25), redshirt freshman attacker Morgan Lamey (Hockessin, Del./Charter School of Wilmington) (20:27), and Grey again (19:17).

Senior defender Caroline Hagan (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) then launched a perfect pass up to rookie midfielder Sinead Brierley (Oreland, Pa./Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) who buried her first collegiate goal to give the home Hawks their four-goal advantage.

Monmouth scored two of the game’s next three goals to close the scoring, 10-7, at the 11:58 mark, but Smith (9:18) and Sabol (7:26) put away back-to-back scores to once again extend SJU’s lead, 12-7.

The visiting Hawks put together a trio of consecutive goals to close the deficit to two, 12-10, with 3:48 remaining in regulation, but Egan found junior attacker Nora McCallion (Narberth, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame de Namur) who buried the game’s final goal with 1:41 remaining in regulation en route to the 13-10 victory.

For the game, Saint Joseph’s held advantages in shots (25-19), ground balls (20-16), and draw controls (14-10) while each team turned the ball over 19 times. SJU went 14-17 in clear attempts and forced six Monmouth turnovers on failed clears (18-24).

Egan led all scorers with eight points on a career-high three goals and five assists in addition to a game-high five draw controls and team-high three caused turnovers on the defensive end. Grey added her first career multi-goal game (3g) while McCallion added two goals and three assists in the win. Sabol and Brierley both scored their first collegiate goals.

Senior goalkeeper Genevieve Giblin (1-1) made four saves in the full 60:00.

Navy 12, Villanova 9

An 8-2 run in the final 20:16 helped the Mids (3-1) defeat Villanova at Villanova Stadium.

“Led by a strong senior group, Villanova (0-3) put in a strong first half and looked like a group that really wanted to get its first win of the season after two tough losses before today,” Navy head coach Cindy Timchal (Haverford High grad) said. “Our team really showed their resilient side in the second half with huge defensive stops, getting possessions in the draw circle and generating good offensive chances.”

Leading 4-3 after 30 minutes, Villanova looked to put the game away early, scoring three of the first four second-half goals to extend its lead to three, 7-4, with 21:12 left in the contest. Wildcats’ Meghan Breen started the run with her third tally of the game.

Senior Katie Gallagher, who only had one goal to her name in the first three games, took matters into her own hands with back-to-back goals in a span 1:33 to cut the deficit to one, 7-6. Gallagher used a spin move to beat her defender on the first goal and then slashed through three defenders behind the net on her second.

Defender Molly Doyle (Council Rock North) had four draw controls for the Mids.

BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Jackie Froccaro scored her second goal of the contest to put Villanova back up two, 8-6, with 17:21 left in the contest.

Navy then responded back with four-straight goals in a span of 11:44 to give the Mids a two-goal lead, 10-8, with 3:25 remaining. Junior attacker Morgan Young sparked the run with her first goal of the contest as she sprinted past her defender at the top of the eight-meter cone and beat Villanova goalkeeper Jaclyn Fraum in the upper 90 of the net at 14:26. O’Brien then continued the run, scoring on two free-position opportunities in a span of 1:42. Young capped off the run with her second of the contest to give the Mids their largest lead of the game, 10-8, with 3:25 left.

The Wildcats retaliated on the next possession as Chelsey Henderson took the draw control down the field, beat a defender and scored her lone goal of the game to bring Villanova within one, 10-9, with 2:42 left.

The Mids put the game away scoring the final two goals of the contest to improve to 3-1 with the 12-9 victory.

A slow start for Navy’s offense with just nine shots and nine turnovers gave Villanova a 5-4 edge in the first 30 minutes. Sophomore midfielder Jenna Collins opened up the game with a free-position goal three minutes into the contest, but the Wildcats strung together three tallies in a span of 8:06 to grab an early 3-1 lead with 13:53 left in the half.

Collins helped even the score at three with 5:00 left in the stanza as she scored her second of the contest off a free-position chance and then assisted on Gallagher’s first of the game.

O’Brien led the Mids offense with a game-high four goals on four shots, including 1-of-1 on free positions. Gallagher and Collins each chipped in with four-point (3g, 1a) performances. Senior Codi Mullen (Wading River, N.Y.) and freshman Marie Valenti (Boyertown) each recorded two caused turnovers.

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