Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/5/18
From Press Release
It did not go the way the Cavaliers planned it, but after 60 minutes of hard fought action the Cabrini women’s lacrosse team earned its seventh consecutive Colonial States Athletic Conference championship and 17th all-time with today’s 20-14 win over Marywood University at Edith Robb Dixon Field.
The Blue and White improved to 12-7 on the season and will make its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance next weekend. The Cavaliers will learn their tournament opponent on Sunday night, when the NCAA Selection Show is broadcast on NCAA.com at 10pm.
Junior Liz Hoeffner claimed her second consecutive Most Valuable Player honor after pairing eight second half goals and an assist. With today’s production, the junior has now recorded 108 points on the season, breaking Kelli Romano’s program mark of 104 set in 2002.
Classmate Avery Murphy (Archbishop Carroll) added six goals and a game-high 12 draw controls to join Hoeffner and Romano as the only Cavaliers to tally 100 points in a single season. Junior Emma Rodner-Tims (Bishop Shanahan) scored three goals, while sophomore Lauren Hughes (Methacton) and senior Jackie Neary (Kingsway Regional) notched three assists each.
Neary matched sophomore Sarah McCarron with two caused turnovers, while the senior joined junior Katie Kucia (Archbishop Carroll) with four ground balls each, one more than freshman Ashley Tutzauer and sophomore Mattie Porter. Junior goaltender Devon Scharf (Lower Merion) came up big for the Blue and White recording 11 saves and six ground balls.
The Cavaliers fell behind in the game’s first minute, as sophomore Gina Babcock put the Pacers on the board with a free position goal. Despite two Murphy goals, the Blue and White’s deficit grew to 5-2 at the 18:16 mark. The Cavaliers pulled back to within 5-4 at the midpoint of the stanza when Neary connected with Tutzauer.
Minutes later, the Pacers grabbed all of the stadium’s momentum, netting four goals in a 95 second span, including two goals by senior Caitlin Watson in a 10 second window. Rodner-Tims and Murphy notched goals for Cabrini, but a pair of Marywood goals pushed its cushion back to 11-6 with just under five minutes left in the half.
The Pacers were poised to add to their lead, as Babcock stepped to the 8M line for a free position shot with 3:44 left in the half, but Scharf came up with the save, a play that swung the momentum into Cabrini’s favor.
The Blue and White dominated the final three minutes before the half, closing the frame with three unanswered goals by Hughes and Murphy, pulling within 11-9 at the half.
The halftime break did nothing to slow Cabrini, as freshman Taylor Dimmerling (Berks Catholic) cut Marywood’s lead to 11-10 with a free position goal in the opening minute of the second half.
Marywood regained its two goal lead at the 25:41 mark before Hoeffner took over. The junior scored three consecutive unassisted goals over the next four minutes, completing the Cavaliers’ comeback.
The Pacers had no answered for the Cabrini attack, as the Cavaliers scored the game’s next nine goals, including a pair of woman-down tallies.
After struggling to find its rhythm in the first half, the Blue and White controlled nearly every aspect of the second half. Cabrini outshot Marywood 21-8 and outscored it 11-3. The Cavaliers won 11 of the 15 draws in the second half, and converted five of its eight free position shots after the break, while stopping both of the Pacers’ attempts.
Seniors Erin Healy, Sam Bussinelli, joined Watson and sophomore Gwyneth Gleason with four points each for Marywood (11-7), while sophomore goaltender Mary Leahy notched 11 saves.