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Friday’s women’s roundup: @LaSalleLacrosse, @DrexelWLAX, @SJUHawks_WLAX claim wins

Saturday, 21st April 2018

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/21/18

The La Salle women’s lacrosse team used a scoring flurry in the second half to cap off a dramatic comeback in a crucial 13-12 win Friday over host Virginia Commonwealth. Emily Johnston (Ridley) scored five second half goals to led the comeback on the offensive end, including the decisive goal in the game’s final minutes. Together, the Explorers scored six of the last seven goals of the game.

The win was much-needed as La Salle fights for a spot in the Atlantic 10 tournament. After the day, La Salle is seventh in the A-10 with the same record as sixth-placed Davidson, which holds the tiebreaker. The top six teams make the postseason.

La Salle trailed early on and, in fact, scored just four goals in what was a defensive first half. Bridget Ruskey scored all three of her goals in that frame.

After halftime, Rachel Ceplo scored on an assist by Johnston and then Annina Iacobucci (Villa Maria Academy, 3 goals) scored just minutes later. At the 17:11 mark, Johnston scored the first of her five goals. In the next 4:10, she scored three more goals.

The Explorers scored five goals in just over three minutes total. Iacobucci’s third goal of the game tied it at 11. Sayde Walker gave La Salle their first lead of the game on a goal that was again assisted by Johnston.

After a VCU goal to tie the game, Johnston scored again with just over two minutes left.

Johnston also finished with a team-high seven draw controls and two assists. Bridget Ruskey (Middle Township-NJ) added three goals

Saint Joseph’s 11, George Washington 10

Trailing by three at the halftime break, the Hawks’ offense fired off six of the first seven goals of the second half while the defense stifled the Colonials to just two second-half scores alongside a key forced turnover with 33 seconds to play in a win over George Washington in Atlantic 10 conference action. With their fourth straight win, the Hawks improve to 9-6 overall (5-2 A-10) while the Colonials fall to 9-6 (2-5 A-10).

On 41 total shots, Saint Joseph’s peppered GW goalkeeper Jenna Oler with 36 total shots on goal for the game, forcing Oler into a 25-game save.

Junior midfielder Sinead Brierley (Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) led the squad in scoring with four points on three goals and an assist while graduate student goalkeeper Liz O’Sullivan made 12 saves and held the Colonials to just two goals scored on eight attempts in the second half.

Drexel 14, William & Mary 9

Courtney Dietzel (Central Bucks South) had a career day and as the Dragons collected their first Colonial Athletic Association victory of the season, at Vidas Field on Friday night. Dietzel scored six goals, a career high that more than doubled her season output heading into the game.

Lucy Schneidereith added a hat trick for the Dragons, who snapped a three-game losing skid in CAA play to improve to 4-10 overall and 1-3 in league action. Jamie Schneidereith and Karson Harris each scored twice, with Harris adding a pair of assists. Colleen Grady had four assists to go along with her one goal. Alex Beilman and Cassidy Delaney also dished out helpers.

Zoe Bennett had 12 saves in goal for the Dragons, including one point blank stop late in the first half that proved to be a turning point. Each of the Schneidereiths contributed a pair of caused turnovers, with Jamie picking up three ground balls and Lucy reeling in two. Molly Savage had a team-best three draw controls along with a caused turnover, while Maggie Stetson (Conestoga) won a pair of draws.

Elon 10, Delaware 6

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