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Women’s roundup: @PennWomensLax gives No. 1 Terps a battle; @NovaWLax tops @LafayetteWLax

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/23/17

No. 11 Penn battled No. 1 Maryland tough, but a 5-0 run from the nation’s top team to close out the first half was too much for the Red and Blue to overcome in a 11-7 loss Wednesday night.

The Quakers netted the game’s first goal and found themselves tied with the Terrapins, 2-2, with 11:45 to play in the first half. However, Alex Condon’s goal to level the game at 2-2 was countered quickly by a Jen Giles goal 29 seconds later which started Maryland’s five-goal run to close the half and give the Terps a 7-2 halftime advantage.

The run – and lead – would become six when Giles scored 4:22 into the second half. The Quakers would play the Terps even in the second half, but never could climb closer than four goals away after Caroline Cummings scored with 23:07 remaining to cut Maryland’s lead to 8-4.

When you’re playing the nation’s No. 1 team, the last thing you need is your opponent to get the fortunate bounces, but that is just what the Terps took advantage of on two of their goals. Maryland’s sixth goal was deflected in as Penn blocked Kali Hartshorn’s shot and the redirection bounced inside the post. In the second half, Penn was fouled late in the possession clock and couldn’t get the shot to goal before it expired. The Terps would go down field and earn a free position of their own which Taylor Hensch scored on.

The Red and Blue fought back into the game after Maryland took a 9-5 lead, with goals from Rogers-Healion and Cummings to cut the deficit to 10-6 with 10:51 to play. The Quakers had two more chances to cut the deficit to three, but Megan Taylor made a pair of nice saves on Cummings attempts.

Both teams required their goalkeepers to come up big throughout the game. The teams combined for 57 shots (a slight 29-28 edge for Maryland) with Penn’s Britt Brown and Maryland’s Megan Taylor each making 12 saves.

Cummings would finish with three goals and four ground balls. The Quakers had the edge on ground balls, 15-12, with Natalie Stefan, Katy Junior and Megan Kelly each adding two.

Each team also had six caused turnovers, with Junior’s two leading Penn.

On the draw, Penn closed what was a 6-1 lead for the Terps into a 12-8 advantage by the end of the game. Erin Barry, Lauren D’Amore and Chelsea Kibler each had two for Penn.

Lehigh 12, Columbia 11, OT

Senior Julianne D’Orazio (Merion Mercy) finished a feed from sophomore Courtney Henig with 1:40 remaining in overtime to give the Mountain Hawks a thrilling overtime win over visiting Columbia. A back-and-forth game saw Lehigh (6-2) score three times in the span of 1:02 to take an 11-9 lead, but Columbia netted the equalizer with 34 seconds left in regulation, setting the stage for D’Orazio’s heroics. Lehigh senior goalkeeper Taylor Tvedt finished with seven saves, none bigger than two stops in overtime, including one on a point-blank opportunity.

Senior Allison LaBeau led the offense with three goals and two assists, moving just three points from 200 in her career. D’Orazio’s overtime winner was her third of the game, marking her second straight hat trick and fourth of her career. The reigning Patriot League Midfielder of the Week added five groundballs, three caused turnovers and two draw controls. Henig posted a goal and career-high three assists to eclipse 50 points in her young career. Senior Lauren Beausoleil scored two second-half goals and added five groundballs; she also eclipsed 50 career caused turnovers in the win, finishing the game with four.

Villanova 13, Lafayette 11

Sophomore Jillian Swikart led the way offensively with five points (4 goals, 1 assist), while junior goalkeeper Julia Michaels (2-5) tallied a career-high 16 saves, as the Wildcats (2-6, 0-1 BIG EAST) never trailed in a victory over Lafayette (6-2, 1-0 Patriot League) at Fisher Stadium.

Kirsten Wilhelmsen (Strath Haven) and Jane Kirby each scored four goals for Lafayette.

Division II
Philadelphia 8, St. Thomas Aquinas 4

For the first time this season, Philadelphia is in the win column after defeating St. Thomas Aquinas in a non-conference match at the Salvation Army Kroc Center.

Six different players got into the scoring act for the Rams (1-3), who snapped a season-opening three-game losing streak. Samantha Ryder (Pennridge) and Isabella DiGnazio (Pittsburgh, Pa./Peters Twp.) both scored a pair of goals, while Sarah von Lange, Courtney Shaw (Villa Joseph Marie), Laura Dunne (/Perkiomen Valley), and Kathryn Avanzato all added one goal.

Division III

Arcadia 22, Eastern 13

Arcadia outscored visiting Eastern 11-3 in the second half on its way to a non-conference victory on a blustery afternoon at Jean Lenox West Field.

FOR THE RECORD: The Knights improved to 5-1 with their third consecutive victory, while the Eagles fell to 1-5 with the loss.

Freshman Shannon Ryan had five goals and a season-high eight assist while grabbing a game-high eight draw controls, while Benites finished with five goals, two assists, three draw controls and two groundballs. Misner totaled four goals, one assist and three draw controls, while freshman Julia Imbert added three goals and two assists. Brockman filled out the box score with two goals, two assists, two ground balls, three caused turnovers and three draw controls. Hutson also had four points, scoring three goals with one helper.

EASTERN LEADERS: Liz Brennan (Ridley) scored four goals with three ground balls, five draw controls and two caused turnovers, while Anna Charlebois (Spring-Ford) added three goals with two assists. Sam Brennan (Ridley) and Julie Haggan also

Cabrini 12, Haverford 11, OT

Sophomore Avery Murphy (Archbishop Carroll) scored the final of her six goals 1:27 into overtime to give Cabrini (4-2) a win over Haverford (4-3), the Cavaliers’ first win over the Fords in seven all-time meetings. Sophomore Liz Hoeffner and senior Allie Vallen (Maple Shade, NJ/Maple Shade) added two goals each.

Immaculata 11, Rutgers-Camden 3

Layne Kennedy (Garnet Valley) had four goals for the Mighty Macs.

Bryn Mawr 12, Rosemont 7

Moravian 21, Gwynedd Mercy 2

Swarthmore 10, Goucher 4

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