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Women’s playoffs: @princetonwlax downs @PennWomensLax in semis; @SJUHawks_WLAX falls

Friday, 5th May 2017

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 5/6/17
From Press Release

No. 6 Princeton is returning to the Ivy League Tournament Championship game after defeating No. 7 Penn in historic fashion in a 17-8 game at Schoellkopf Field.

The 17 goals are not only an Ivy League Tournament record for goals in a game, but it also the most goals the Quakers have allowed in a game since the 2006 season. More records fell as senior Olivia Hompe set a tournament record for points in a game with nine, surpassing former teammate Erin McMunn’s seven, and her six assists is the most assists in a tournament game.

The Tigers will face Cornell on Sunday at 11 a.m., in Ithaca, with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line.

This is the fourth time Princeton (13-3) advances to the Ivy League championship game, where it has gone 2-1 with titles in 2011 and 2015.

It will be on Sunday that Hompe will have a chance to make more history happen as she is just one point away from the all-time Princeton points record of 270, held by Crista Samaras since 1999.

Eight Tigers scored in the game with both Elizabeth George and Anna Doherty leading the way with four each. George had a natural hat trick in a span of 1:18 and her four goals is a personal best. Hompe had three goals and six assists. Sophomore Kathryn Hallet scored twice and junior Colby Chanenchuk had a goal and two assists. Senior Ellie DeGarmo made 12 saves in her fourth victory over a ranked team this season. The Tiger defense held Penn’s (13-3) leading scorer Alex Condon to a single goal, while keeper Britt Brown stopped 14 of 31 shots.

Princeton jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first 14 minutes, while DeGarmo was solid on the other end stopping four of the first five shots she faced.

The Quakers got within two, with back-to-back goals and had three of the final four goals of the first half as Princeton took a 6-4 lead into the locker room.

Sophomore Allie Rogers buried a feed from Hompe to begin the second half and after Condon tallied her single goal the Tigers caught fire. Princeton scored seven straight goals, including the natural hat trick by George as the Tigers led 15-4 at 15:27.

Penn’s Sarah Barcia ended the run at 12:35 and Emily Rogers-Healion added another for the Quakers, but the Tigers still managed a seven-goal lead.

Hompe had a hand in each of Princeton’s final three goals, feeding freshman Annie Cory, scoring an unassisted tally and then setting up Doherty for the final goal with 17 seconds left.

St. Joseph’s falls in A-10 semifinals

The Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse team saw its 2017 season come to an end as the Hawks fell to Richmond, 15-11, in the Atlantic 10 semifinals on Sweeney Field. SJU closes the season at 11-7 overall while the Spiders (14-5) advance to the A-10 title game vs. UMass (15-3) on Sunday afternoon at noon.

Junior midfielder Aly Gormley (Springfield-Delco) led the way for the Hawks, scoring a career-high five goals and adding an assist to match a career-high six points. Senior attacker Nora McCallion (Notre Dame) went for two goals and a helper while freshman attacker Hope Anhut added a pair of scores in a highly-physical match-up that saw six yellow cards and 65 fouls.

“Richmond played a hard-fought game,” said head coach Alex Kahoe. “Their goalkeeper really stepped up and had some great saves. I am proud of our team and how hard we fought, especially in the second half.”

Richmond scored five of the first six goals of the game to take a 5-1 advantage by the 17:58 mark of the first half.

However, the Hawks battled back by scoring three of the next four as Gormley found Anhut (17:37) and then scored back-to-back SJU goals (16:23, 9:31) to pull the Hawks to within two, 6-4.

The Spiders responded on a five goal run, with three to close the first half (9:03, 8:37, 0:36) and two to open the second (29:22, 27:24) to extend their lead by seven, 11-4.

The Hawks outscored the Spiders 6-3 over the bulk of the second half, as McCallion (27:07), Gormley (21:11), and senior attacker Sarah Smith (18:49) scored three of the game’s next four goals and Gormley (13:28, 7:13) and sophomore attacker Francesca Donato (11:28) scored three of the game’s next five to pull SJU to within four, 14-10, entering the final 7:13.

Following a Richmond goal at the 3:57 mark, McCallion would put away her final collegiate goal, the 134th of her career, with 3:27 to play, but that 15-11 score would stand as time expired.

For the game, Saint Joseph’s owned a 35-27 advantage in shots, backed by a 18-10 second half, and held a slight 15-13 edge in ground balls. Richmond earned a 9-5 advantage in draw controls in the first half that would lead to a 16-12 edge for the game.

Junior defender Kristen Kelbon (Bishop Eustace) turned in a team-high three ground balls and added a caused turnover while graduate student Mallory Grey went for three draw controls, two ground balls, and a caused turnover in her final collegiate game.

Senior goalkeeper Amelia Deibler (10-6) made seven saves in the full-game effort.

The Hawks turned the ball over just six times in the full 60:00.

SJU concludes the 2017 season with 11 wins, the most in a single-season in program history. Today’s game capped the careers of senior attackers Nora McCallion and Sarah Smith, senior midfielders Maggie Egan and Mallory Grey, senior defenders Taylor Dachowski, Becky Daub, and Maura Monti, and goalkeeper Amelia Deibler.

“I want to thank all of the seniors for all they have given to the program and how hard they have worked with us over the past three years,” added Kahoe. “They all have left a huge mark on our program.”

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