Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/2/17
Caroline Cummings and Alex Condon powered No. 10 Penn’s offense, each finishing with five points as the Quakers knocked off Rutgers, 11-9, at High Point Solutions Stadium
Cummings had a game-high four goals while Condon had two goals and three assists as the Red and Blue improved to 3-0 this season. The two connected on an insurance goal for the Quakers with 1:53 to provide Penn with a two-goal lead and all but lock up the victory.
The Quakers thought they were comfortably in front midway through the second half after Cummings scored her fourth of the game to give the Red and Blue a 10-5 lead, but the Scarlet Knights charged back within one after scoring the next four goals – including three in a span of 2:21. Macy Scott’s third goal of the game with 6:42 had Rutgers within one and thinking upset, but Penn denied the Scarlet Knights any further goals.
The second half run was the second time the Scarlet Knights put a true scare into the Quakers. Late in the first half, Rutgers scored three times in a span of 6:21 to turn a 4-2 Penn lead into a 5-5 tie with 1:10 left in the opening half.
Penn would show its resiliency, though, with two goals in a span of 40 seconds before the end of the half. Cummings had the first one off a Gabby Rosenzweig pass with 0:42 to play, and a team effort led to the second just before the buzzer. The Scarlet Knights turned the ball over with under 10 seconds left in the first half and Alex Condon picked up the ground ball near midfield. She would launch a pass 40 yards to a wide open Chrissy Corcoran who took three quick steps and fired home her first career goal with 0:02 remaining on the clock to send Penn into the break with a 7-5 lead.
Drexel 11, Monmouth 9
The Dragons won their third straight and second consecutive game on the road as the Dragons held off Monmouth. The Dragons (3-1) trailed midway through the second half, but scored five of the game’s last seven goals to seal the victory.
Lisa Rogers pulled the Dragons even with 17:52 to play with her sixth goal of the season, then gave them a lead they would not relinquish nine minutes later. The senior playing her first season with the Dragons has scored multiple goals in each of her last three games.
Nadia Pelham-Lacey led all scorers with three goals and six points, her third consecutive effort with at least five points. Devin Nihill registered her second hat trick of the season with three goals of her own and picked up three draws with two ground balls. Caroline Thiele chipped in a goal and an assist, while Alex Beilman and Maggie Stetson (Conestoga) each netted goals in the final minutes that helped Drexel escape with the victory.
Drexel, which has not allowed a team to score more than nine goals in a game yet this year, became the first team to hold Monmouth (1-4) to single-digit goals through five games for the Hawks in 2017. Eva Winiarski (Downingtown West) had a pair of draw controls and two caused turnovers, and Dominique Nyzio created a pair of Monmouth turnovers herself. Carlee Ries came up with four saves including one with 4:39 to play that kept the Dragons in front.
Lafayette 16, Iona 11
Leading by a 9-6 score just two minutes into the second half, the Maroon and White opened up the scoring by slotting six straight markers to put it out of reach. The win moves the Leopards to 3-2 on the season with three more games on the schedule prior to Patriot League play.
Hannah Davey led the Lafayette attack with four goals on the afternoon, while Kirsten Wilhelmsen (Strath Haven) and Emma Novick added three apiece and Amanda Case (Haverford High) chipped in with a pair. Anna Raymond was excellent between the pipes, making 13 saves for her first win of the 2017 campaign.
Princeton 15, Loyola 14