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NCAA D1 women’s tourney: PSU, Princeton advance; McCool, Frankenfield lead teams to wins

Sunday, 14th May 2017

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 5/14/17
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Sophomore Madison Carter’s career-high eight points and 12 draw controls helped lead fourth-seeded Penn State past James Madison, 19-14, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament this afternoon from the Penn State Lacrosse Field.

Penn State improves to 16-3 on the year and advance to next weekend’s NCAA Quarterfinals to face No. 5 seed Princeton on Sunday. The game will be played in University Park with a time to be announced later. JMU concludes its 2017 campaign with a 14-7 overall record.

Boston College senior Laura Frankenfield (Wissahickon) heads downfield Sunday. Frankenfield had a huge game to help BC whip Syracuse, 21-10, in the NCAAs

Carter tied her career-high with six goals to lead all scorers while junior Katie O’Donnell (Henderson) added four scores and freshman Maria Auth netted her second career hat trick in the victory. Senior Steph Lazo registered five points on a pair of goals and three assists while sophomore Kayla Brisolari added two goals and two assists for a career-high four points.

Senior Cat Rainone (Marple Newtown) improved to 15-3 on the season in cage after stopping eight shots while her counterpart, Emily Poelma, fell to 14-7 after a 12-save performance. Natalie Schmitt (Archbishop Carroll) had a groundball and a caused turnover to hep lead the PSU defense.

For JMU, Haley Warden (Garnet Valley) had two goals, one assist, four draw controls and a caused turnover.

In a game of runs, Penn State opened the contest on an 8-1 spurt through the first 15 minutes of action. Brisolari potted the first two scores of the game while Carter secured her hat trick in just 9:08 of game action scoring three times during the run.

JMU closed out the first half on a 5-1 run of their own, which ballooned into a 8-1 run over the first three minutes of the second half resulting in a tie score of 9-9 at the 25:49 mark. Seven different Dukes scored during the run led by a pair from Elena Romesburg.

The Lions responded as O’Donnell fired home a pair and Carter followed with two more before Auth capped a 5-0 run, which gave the hosts the 14-9 edge with 16:35 remaining in the contest.

The momentum swings continued as JMU scored the next three goals, but O’Donnell once again came up with a clutch score at 10:25 for the 15-12 lead. JMU cut the deficit back down to two goals on a pair of occasions, but the Lions won going away as they finished the game on a 3-0 run. Auth, Carter and Lazo were the goal scorers.

Princeton 11, Cornell 9

It will hands down be one of the most talked about Princeton athletic events of the year, maybe one of the best on Sherrerd Field to date. There was the rivalry, a tight game, an enormous crowd, torrential rain and a lightning delay. It will be remembered as the day Princeton defeated Cornell in the NCAA second round game, beating the Big Red for the third time in four weeks.

A tied game with less than five minutes remaining before sophomore Elizabeth George scored two of her four goals to regain the lead for the Tigers. The go-ahead goal was scored after Olivia Hompe won the draw control, sent a long pass to George who had a good step on the other players on the field, and beat Renee Poullott one-on-one at 4:04 just as the rain started to pour down.

Senior Ellie DeGarmo one of her 15 saves on the afternoon after Cornell took possession off the next draw. The Tigers raced down the field with Kathryn Hallett finding George for the back door goal as Princeton took an 11-9 lead with 2:08 remaining.

A lightning delay halted action just after the next draw was taken by Cornell. The rain quickly passed though it felt like an eternity for the two teams to come back out onto the field to finish of the 2:08 of the two-goal game.

Senior Madeline Rodriguez picked off a Cornell pass with 1:18 to play and took the ball down the other end. The Tigers were given a free-position attempt but had no reason to take the shot, instead pulling it back out but a tough pass ended up in the stick of the Big Red with 44 seconds left. Dickson was able to draw a free-position attempt with 22 seconds left but DeGarmo denied her on the shot as the ball flew out bounds. With Cornell backing up, they had just 17 seconds to make something happen. The Princeton defense pressured and Cornell couldn’t find an opening as the Tigers stormed the field with an 11-9 win.

For Cornell, Catie Smith (Conestoga) had two draw controls and one caused turnover.

UNC 23, Virginia 12

Second-seeded North Carolina got big games from Marie McCool (Moorestown) and Carly Reed and defeated unseeded Virginia in the NCAA Tournament second round at Fetzer Field. Reed scored a career-high six goals, and McCool had five goals and two assists.

McCool had five goals, two assists and three draw controls while Gianna Bowe (Clearview Regional-NJ) had two groundballs and a draw control.

UNC’s 23 goals are the most it has scored in any of its 46 NCAA Tournament games, eclipsing the previous record of 22 set vs. UMBC in 2002. Carolina set a season high for goals, besting the 21 it scored against Virginia in the regular season in Chapel Hill.

In addition to McCool and Reed, the Tar Heels got three goals and an assist from both Sammy Jo Tracy and Molly Hendrick (Manheim Township) and two goals and two assists from Sydney Holman. Katie Hoeg scored twice, while Kara Klages and Charlotte Allard scored once each. Ela Hazar had an assist, breaking the UNC single-season assist mark with her 37th of the year.

The Tar Heels advance to host Navy, which defeated Massachusetts on Sunday, in next Saturday’s NCAA quarterfinal game. Carolina improved to 21-2 all-time at home in NCAA Tournament games and has won 20 of its last 21 NCAA home games. UNC has won 15 consecutive NCAA second-round contests.

Boston College 21, Syracuse 10

The No. 14 Boston College lacrosse team used a balanced effort – stifling defense and explosive offensive – to top host and ninth-ranked Syracuse and earn a berth in the NCAA Elite Eight for the second time in program history.

Laura Frankenfield (Wissahickon) had two goals, one assist, three draw controls and a groundball to help lead BC.

Boston College (15-6) will host Southern California in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Saturday at the Newton Campus Fields. Today’s win marked the Eagles’ first postseason victory – ACC or NCAA – ,over Syracuse (15-7) in program history, and was just the team’s third-ever win over the Orange.

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