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Hassinger outduels former @ojrglacrosse teammate to lift @NovaWLacrosse past @TempleLacrosse, 14-13

Sunday, 22nd April 2018

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/22/18

Jillian Swikart scored with 1:45 remaining in the game to push host Villanova past Temple 14-13 Saturday in the Big East on Senior Day. Villanova is now 8-7 on the season and 3-5 in BIG EAST play. Temple falls to 9-7 on the season and 4-4 in the conference.

Villavova senior Devin Hassinger had two goals and an assist as well as eight draw controls and two caused turnovers and set the school’s single-season draw control record (80). That broke Jackie Froccaro’s single-season record of 76 draw controls with one game remaining.

Hassinger’s efforts helped the Wildcats overcome the standout performance by Temple sophomore and former Owen J. Roberts teammate Maddie Gebert, who had six goals and two assists as well as two draw controls and two groundballs. Jackie Cerchio (Methacton) and Bridget Whitaker (Springfield-Delco) each added two goals for the Owls.

It only took 45 seconds for Villanova to get on the board when Liz Trojan scored an unassisted goal to get things going for the Wildcats. Temple responded quickly, netting back to back goals to take a 2-1 lead. Villanova tied the game at two after Swikart scored on an assist from Ashley Lynch but the Owls scored another goal to lead 3-2. Hassinger scored to tie the game again, 3-3, sparking what would become a five goal run for the Wildcats. Lynch, Maggie Jennings, Grainger Rosati (Boonton Township, N.J.) and Katie Comerford all scored, with Comerford, Lynch and Rosati also dishing assists in the 5-0 run for the `Cats with 5:44 to play in the half. Temple scored to close out the half with 21 seconds remaining but it was Villanova going into the half with a 7-4 lead.

Each team’s totals in the first half were nearly identical outside of Villanova’s 14-8 shot advantage. Villanova had two more ground balls and one less turnover than Temple, but each team had six draw controls.

Similar to the start of the game, Trojan struck first for the Wildcats when Lynch assisted her on a goal two minutes into the second half to extend Villanova’s lead to 8-4. The two teams traded goals to a 10-6 score with Comerford assisting Hassinger, then Swikart assisting Comerford for the Wildcats. Jennings scored her second goal of the day giving Villanova an 11-6 lead, their biggest of the day. The Owls were not done yet, scoring four consecutive goals to cut the Wildcats’ lead to one at 11-10 with 7:05 remaining in the game. Villanova scored twice as Hassinger assisted Trojan and Comerford assisted Lynch to take a 13-10 lead with 4:37 left, but Temple responded by scoring three straight goals to tie the game with 2:33 to play. With 1:45 left on the game clock, Swikart attacked the net and scored what would be the game winning goal for the Wildcats, earning a 14-13 victory.

“This was such a great win for our seniors,” said Villanova coach Julie Young. “They have done so much for our program and we will greatly miss their leadership next year.”

Julia Michaels had eight saves on the day for Villanova, earning the win. Along with two goals, Jennings also added a team-high four ground balls and three caused turnovers.

“Temple battled really hard, making a strong comeback at the end of the game,” said Young. “We had to reset our mentality and Devin (Hassinger) came up big on the draw, winning the last two draw possessions to set us up for the win.”

Penn 24, Harvard 13

The Quakers team matched up with the Ivy League’s most potent offense, and Harvard did not disappoint as the Crimson pinned 13 goals on the Quakers at Franklin Field.

At the other, the ninth-ranked Red and Blue showed that they have a little bit of firepower, too.

How about 24 goals, one shy of the program record set against Franklin & Marshall all the way back in 1977. Heck, before Saturday Penn hadn’t hit the 20-goal mark in the incredibly successful Karin Corbett era. (Incidentally, the last time they did hit the mark was in 1982, against West Chester.) But they blew past it on this day.

Penn improved to 11-2 overall, 5-0 in Ivy League play, and officially clinched a bid into the Ivy League Tournament in two weeks. Harvard, meanwhile, fell to 5-9 overall and is 1-5 in Ivy play.

Zoe Belodeau (5g, 4a) and Emily Rogers-Healion (4g, 5a) both recorded nine-point days. Erin Barry scored five goals. Caroline Cummings, one of five seniors honored prior to the opening draw, had four goals and dished out two assists. Alex Condon, another honored senior, had five points (3g, 2a). Katy Junior (Radnor) had two groundballs and two caused turnovers.

Princeton 15, Cornell 10

A total team effort in the second half lifted No. 19 Princeton to a win over Cornell on Senior Day on Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium as the Tigers clinched a spot in the 2018 Ivy League Tournament.

The Tigers did not gain its first lead of the game until the second, down 7-6 at the half. It was a back-and-forth first half with the team’s trading goals. Cornell never led by more than two and four of Princeton’s six goals came from eight-meter attempts.

Kyla Sears paced the offense with five points on four goals and one assist. Ellie McNulty notched three goals and one assist and sophomore Tess D’Orsi had three goals.

For Cornell, Caroline Allen (Academy of Notre Dame) had 3 goals, Alicia O’Neill (Agnes Irwin) had a caused turnover and a draw control and Taylor Lis (Princeton HS) had a groundball.

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