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Women’s roundup: @DrexelWLax edges @NovaWLax; @PennWomensLax, @LehighWLacrosse win

Saturday, 11th March 2017

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/11/17
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Carlee Ries was called upon to make just four saves on a cold Saturday afternoon at Vidas Field, but she was ready when called upon as her last-second save of a Villanova free position shot preserved an 8-7 win for the Drexel women’s lacrosse team.

The Dragons had to stop two free position attempts by the Wildcats in the final 10 seconds, with the first shut down by a swarming defense that jarred the ball loose but fouled Villanova’s Grainger Rosati in the process. Rosati’s ensuing shot attempted to beat Ries above her right shoulder, but the senior goalkeeper was up to the challenge and deflected the ball away as the final seconds ticked off.

Drexel (4-2) avoided a second consecutive overtime game after a 9-8 defeat at the hands of Rutgers in overtime at home last Saturday. The Dragons got three goals and four points from Devin Nihill – her third hat trick of the young season – to lead the way as they built a 7-3 lead and held on at the end. Lisa Rogers and Lauren Gerrie also notched a pair of goals each, while Nadia Pelham-Lacey chipped in a goal and an assist for her sixth straight multi-point game to start the season.

The Dragons’ defense did its part again on Saturday, creating 12 of Villanova’s 25 turnovers on the afternoon. Eva Winiarski (Downingtown West) and Lindsay Shettle each caused three turnovers, with Winiarski adding three draws and a ground ball to her line. Nihill also won three draws for Drexel, while Maggie Stetson led all players with four. The Dragons held Villanova to just two goals over nearly 40 minutes of game action as they build their lead.

After the Wildcats opened the scoring, Drexel got on the board with 24:52 to play in the first half when Lauren Gerrie finished a dish from Caroline Thiele, her fifth goal of the season to knot things up at one. Villanova once again took a brief lead at the 17:59 mark, but the Dragons would rip off three straight goals to take a lead they ultimately would not relinquish.

Gerrie netted her second of the afternoon to start that run, taking a feed from Devin Nihill to tie the game up with 16:19 to play in the first. Just over 40 seconds later, Lisa Rogers put the Dragons in front with her eighth goal of the year, and Nihill’s 12th goal came less than two minutes later on a free position attempt to make it a 4-2 Drexel lead.

The Wildcats scored with 12:48 to play in the first half, a goal that pulled them back within one but would prove to be their last over a span of 26:06. Nihill had the Dragons’ answer with another eight-meter score that wound up sending the teams to the break with Drexel leading 5-3.

Rogers opened the scoring in the second half when her second of the afternoon, a man-up goal scored after Villanova’s Dana Bouwman was carded moments earlier. Nadia Pelham-Lacey gave Drexel its largest lead of the afternoon, 7-3, with her first point of the game at the 20:37 mark, her team-leading 17th goal of the year.

What looked like a comfortable Drexel lead quickly proved to be anything but, as the Wildcats snapped out of their scoring funk to net three in a row over the next eight minutes. Jillian Swikart scored the first of her two goals in the game to cap that 3-0 run and pull Villanova within a goal at 7-6 with 12:36 remaining. Villanova won the ensuing draw, but Thiele and Dominique Nyzio each caused turnovers by the Wildcats in the back-and-forth, keeping them off the board until Nihill could break free for her 14th of the year to provide a little breathing room and the goal that would ultimately be the game-winner, assisted by Pelham-Lacey.

Swikart made it a one-goal game again with 6:52 to play, and though the Wildcats held possession for much of the final minutes, the Dragons defense stood tall. Nyzio and Shettle each had caused turnovers during the final sequence, and after the Wildcats forced Drexel into a shot-clock violation with just over a minute to play, the Dragons made them work for an opening until they finally got the ball inside and drew a foul with eight seconds remaining. The first stop, which saw Drexel dash in front of the Wildcats’ shooter and knock the ball loose before she could get off a shot, paved the way for Ries’ heroics at the buzzer as the Dragons escaped with the win.

Penn 14, Georgetown 6

Seven different goal scorers powered No. 12 Penn past Georgetown at Franklin Field.

The Quakers improved to 5-1 with the win, while Georgetown fell to 2-5.

Emily Rogers-Healion had a career-high six points, scoring twice and adding four assists to lead the Quakers. Alex Condon had four goals, giving her 19 through six games.

Erin Barry, Caroline Cummings, and Gabby Rosenzweig each had two goals, while Chrissy Corcoran and Natalie Stefan each added one.

Penn had a decisive shot advantage in the game, outshooting the Hoyas, 36-15. When called upon, Britt Brown finished with seven saves for the Quakers.

Katy Junior (Radnor) was a force on defense for the Red and Blue, finishing the game with four caused turnovers and three ground balls. As a defensive unit, Penn had 21 ground balls – with Megan Kelly (Moorestown) and Chelsea Kibler each picking up four.

Lehigh 9, Richmond 7

Late in the first half, Lehigh began a 4-0 run to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 7-4 lead early, which was more than enough in a strong win at Richmond. The Spiders pulled as close as 7-6, but the Mountain Hawks (3-2) responded with the next two goals, on the way to their third win of the season. Sophomore Kaitlyn Quinn led the offense with a career-high four goals for her second straight hat trick.

Quinn added an assist for a career-high five points while two other Mountain Hawks had two goals; sophomore Courtney Henig recorded four points (two goals, two assists) and junior Haley Wentzel (Boyertown) tallied three (two goals, one assist). Senior Allison LaBeau also posted three points behind a goal and two assists.

Virginia Tech 15, Delaware 7

No. 14/20 Virginia Tech jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.

Freshmen Mia DeRuggiero and Sydney Rausa (Hatboro-Horsham) led Delaware with three points (2g, 1a) apiece for Delaware. Junior Megan Santoleri (Archbishop Carroll) added two goals of her own in the loss.

Princeton 14, Notre Dame 8

Senior Olivia Hompe tallied her 200th career point in a five-point game to lead No. 9 Princeton over No. 8 Notre Dame.

Princeton is off to a 5-0 start, it’s best start since the 2008 season when the Tigers began the year 10-0.

With 202 career points, Hompe now ranks seventh in all-time history in points, just three back from Lauren Simone ’02, as she has passed both Theresa Sherry ’04 and Amory Rowe ’95 this season. Though Hompe had a 39-game goal scoring streak come to a close against Brown, Hompe kept her 59-game point scoring streak alive – having only been shut out in her career one time and that was her first career game in 2014.

Division II

Millersville 16, Holy Family 2

Sabrina Fusco (Garnet Valley) had four goals and two assists to lead Millersville (4-0).

Division III

Immaculata 9, Hood 8

Sophomore Bailey Krewson (Springfield-Montco) scored late to break an 8-8 tie and give IU (2-2) the victory.

Junior Brittany Whaley (Ridley) led the Macs again with three goals while junior Hannah Verrecchia (Great Valley, eight groundballs, three caused turnovers) had four points on two goals and two assists. Freshman Layne Kennedy (Garnet Valley) had two goals and one assist, and Krewson and junior Nicole Dominick (Academy Park) each scored one goal.

Swarthmore 11, Lebanon Valley 5

Swarthmore (3-0) returned to Pennsylvania after a successful spring break trip to Hilton Head, S.C., and won its first game back.

Elizabeth Wainwright (St Andrews-DE) led the way with a game-high four goals and recorded a hat trick within the first 10 minutes. Briana Narzikul (Episcopal Academy), Taylor Chiang (Princeton) and Sydnie Schwarz each tallied a pair of goals, and Tess Wild added a single goal.

Widener 15, Neumann 5

Senior Jamie Parent (Millville, N.J.) recorded three goals, while Lynch, freshman Melanie Bert), Horchak and junior Alicia Dech (Nazareth) each added two goals for Widener (2-2).

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