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Womens’ roundup: @PennWomensLax gives No. 1 MD a fight; @NovaWLax edges @SJUHawks_WLAX

Wednesday, 23rd March 2016

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/24/16
From Press Release

A furious 6-0 run to close the game showed that No. 16 Penn has the ability to take it to the top-ranked teams in the country, but a middle stretch where No. 1 Maryland carried play was the difference in a 12-8 loss Wednesday night for the Quakers at Franklin Field.

The defending national champions showed why they are the No. 1 team in the country over the first two thirds of the game, building a 12-2 lead with 21:05 to play. After that goal, the Red and Blue rallied themselves and held the Terps off the scoreboard the remainder of the way while netting a half dozen goals of their own.

Goalkeeper Britt Brown again showed that she can be one of the top goalies in the country with a career-high 13 saves. She had seven of those saves in the first half, preventing the Terps from truly running away with the game. She was perhaps at her best when Maryland was on the line, rendering the Terps just 3-for-10 on free position attempts.

Brown’s efforts held Maryland to its second-fewest goals scored of 2016 as the Terps entered averaging 15.5 goals-per-game. Meanwhile, Penn’s eight goals scored against Maryland are tied for the second-most scored against the Terrapins this season.

Catherine Dickinson did her part to keep the Quakers in range early, scoring Penn’s first two goals on nice athletic plays near the goalmouth. After her second goal of the game with 15:36 to play in the first half, the Red and Blue struggled to mount any offense while the Terps went on an 8-0 run and turned a 4-2 game into a 12-2 affair with 21:05 to play.

From there on, Penn had the better of it. The Quakers held the Terps without a goal, held a 4-3 edge in draw controls, and held Maryland to just five shots – four of which were saved by Brown – as Penn started to feel some momentum.

Lely DeSimone had the first goal of the run for Penn, taking an Emily Rogers-Healion pass and scoring with 15:25 to play. Three minutes later, Alex Condon quick-sticked home a Nina Corcoran pass for the first of her three goals in the game.

Just 0:36 later, Caroline Cummings made a swift dodge just outside the crease and slipped in her fourth goal of the season, and Iris Williamson (Germantown Friends) followed with a goal with 9:53 to play as she finished a nice solo drive to goal.

Condon would connect on the game’s final two goals, including a highlight reel goal with 7:39 to play. She took a Rogers-Healion pass in tight space, and while spinning around, went with an underhanded backhand shot through the keeper’s legs. Her final goal came with 2:12 to play, off a Corcoran pass to finish an attacking set started by a Megan Kelly ground ball at the other end of the field.

The Quakers had 16 ground balls in the game, led by Katie Cromie who had four. Condon was just as good on the defensive end as she was on attack, scooping up three ground balls of her own. Brooke Kiley (Germantown Academy), Megan Kelly (Moorestown), Williamson, and DeSimone each had two.

Condon had perhaps her best overall game as a Quaker against the nation’s top team. She finished with three goals, four caused turnovers and three ground balls. Cromie had three caused turnovers to complete her defensive effort.

Villanova 11, St. Joseph’s 10

Villanova started off strong going on a 5-1 run in the opening 15 minutes of the game. Kelsey Denihan started things off for the Wildcats on a pass from Devin Hassinger (Owen J. Roberts), next Jackie Froccaro scored back to back goals, followed by Denihan’s second goal of the game, and finally Meghan Breen got a piece of the action scoring at the 17 minute mark.

The next nine minutes were scoreless for both teams until a Saint Joseph’s goal by Aly Gormley (Springfield-Delco). Villanova’s Carolyn Dottino-Buenahora got a goal inside on a pass from Denihan, next Saint Joseph’s went on a two goal run that was stopped with 12 seconds left in the half on a goal by Catherine Bendinelli (Villa Maria Academy) assisted by Denihan. The Wildcats went into the locker room at halftime up 7-4.

The second half was a back and forth battle, the Hawks Gormeley scored to start the half next it was Carlye Maita who answered back with her first goal of the night. Saint Joseph’s scored minutes later but a goal by Chelsey Henderson with the assist from Denihan kept Villanova up 9-6 with 18 minutes remaining. Saint Joseph’s and Villanova each scored two goals apiece in the next 13 minutes of play. The Wildcat goals were by Christine Graziano, her first career goal, on a pass from Kelsey Denihan and Hassinger to put Villanova up 11-8.

During the final three minutes of play the Hawks scored two goals to bring the game within one but the Wildcats played strong defense and did not let Saint Joseph’s get a shot off.

Julia Michaels got the win in goal for Villanova, she had six saves and three ground balls during tonight’s game. Also Tierney Griff had two caused turnovers while Jackie Froccaro won four draw controls.

Gormley led all Hawks in scoring with a single-game career-high three goals while senior midfielder Mallory Grey and freshman midfielder Hayley Sabol contributed two goals and one assist each.

Drexel 9, Fresno State 5

After playing five of their first seven games at Vidas Field, the Dragons could not be much further from home this week as the Dragons make their first trip across the country to take on teams from California. That did not faze them, however, as the Dragons led the entire way in their first-ever meeting with Fresno State en route to a 15-5 victory.

The Dragons’ 15 goals marked their most of the season, and their most since an 18-8 victory over Longwood on Mar. 14, 2012. Drexel was playing its first game in two weeks, having last played on Mar. 9 against UMBC.

Devin Nihill scored four goals, her third game this year with at least four goals. She now has 18 on the season, a team high. Nihill was one of five Dragons to net multiple goals in the victory over the Bulldogs. Nadia Pelham-Lacey scored twice and had four assists for a game-high six points. Her 33 points leads the team. Caroline Thiele scored twice and added an assist, while Emily Duffey (Lenape) had a pair of goals as did Maggie Stetson. Lauren Gerrie, Lacey Aghazarian and Alex Beilman also scored for the Dragons (6-2).

Division II
West Chester 16, Kutztown 9

After suffering its first loss of the regular season in overtime to Mercyhurst by one goal, West Chester rebounded with a victory over Kutztown.

The Golden Rams (6-1, 2-1 PSAC) came back from four goals down (5-1) throughout the first 15 minutes rattling off two five-goal sequences at the end of the first and beginning of the second to hold the advantage. Kutztown (5-3, 1-3 PSAC) found themselves down by one goal at the end of the first half, but was limited to only two goals in the second.

Junior Ashley Pyle (Garnet Valle) had three goals and three assists for six points, while junior Oliva Martin (Haverford High) scored a season-high four goals to go with two assists, registering a season-high in points with six on the day. Four other teammates registered two goals each in the seven-point victory.

Division III

Bryn Mawr 14, Cedar Crest 1

Erica Dwyer led the way for the Owls, scoring 5 goals and assisting on two more to key they Bryn Mawr offense. Fellow freshman Oona Ryle chipped in four more goals in the first half, while Katie Alpert had a quiet but solid day protecting the net.

Cabrini 18, Immaculata 4

Junior Jess Breuning (St. Hubert) and sophomore Sasha Wozniak (Spring-Ford) combined for 11 goals to lead Cabrini (5-2, 3-0 CSAC) to an 18-4 win at Immaculata for its fifth consecutive victory.

Neumann 14, Marywood 4

Neumann picked up a win over Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) foe Marywood as Rebecca Dolenti (Pottsgrove) scored four goals and added an assist to lead the Knights. Jordan Hopkins (Sun Valley) and Taylor Klever each netted three goals. Kaitlyn Conrad (Penncrest) had a goal and handed out four assists.

Ursinus 14, Widener 4

Ursinus (4-3) conceded the game’s opening goal but responded with a run of seven unanswered markers to leave the Pride behind and snap a two-game skid. Rookies Abby Goldstein (Lower Merion) and Emily DiGiorgio (Downingtown West) and senior Devin Brakel each scored twice during the spurt, which set Ursinus on the path to its fourth consecutive triumph over Widener (3-3). Junior Lindsey Grabell (Lower Merion) joined that group with a two-goal effort.

Eastern 17, Virginia Wesleyan 14

Moravian 17, Gwynedd-Mercy 5

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