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West Chester rolls past East Stroudsburg as Martino is first D2 coach to reach 300 wins

Thursday, 29th March 2018

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/29/18
From Press Release

Maggie Stella (Central Bucks East) registered a hat trick, and head coach Ginny Martino picked up her 300th career coaching victory as No. 13 West Chester (8-0, 3-0 PSAC) defeated No. 21 East Stroudsburg (4-2, 3-1) 14-7 in a PSAC women’s lacrosse match at Vonnie Gros Field Wednesday afternoon.

Ginny Martino

Martino becomes the first NCAA Division II women’s lacrosse head coach to reach 300 career wins while also becoming the 10th women’s lacrosse coach at any collegiate level to reach that milestone. The win ended a 15-game conference winning streak by East Stroudsburg entering the match.

The Golden Rams, who held a 5-4 advantage at halftime, scored the first four goals of the second half to open up a 9-4 edge. ESU closed the margin to 10-7 with 10 minutes left to play. However, the hosts rattled off the last four goals of the contest to double up the Warriors, 14-7. West Chester is off to its best start since the Golden Rams opened the 2013 campaign with nine wins.

“(300 wins) makes you reflect on the wonderful student-athletes who have gone through this program,” Martino lamented. “These are their wins. I just stand on the sideline and scream. From the first day on the job, it seems like a long time, but it still went by in the blink of an eye.”

Stella stepped up for the Golden Rams when East Stroudsburg concentrated its efforts on stopping Sami Barnett (Interboro) from beating them. Coming off a five-goal and six-point outing against Seton Hill last Saturday, Barnett was limited to just one goal Wednesday. Stella picked up her third hat trick of the year and finished with a team-best four points.

The Golden Rams secured four of the first five draw controls in the second half while it went on the decisive four-goal run in the first 10 minutes. Alex Wendig (Bishop Shanahan) book-ended the spurt with a pair of goals off the bench.

“Draw controls were huge in this game,” Martino commented afterwards. “That freshman they have is phenomenal. I knew that if we could get the ball away from her and win some draws, that we would have a chance.”

West Chester won the draw control battle, 13-10, while forcing 23 turnovers by East Stroudsburg. Those two numbers are a big reason why the Warriors, who averaged taking 43 shots per game heading into Wednesday’s tilt, were limited to just 24 by the Golden Rams’ defense. Only 16 of those 24 were on cage.

Freshman goalkeeper Julianne Clemens (/Springfield-Delco) made eight saves and allowed just three goals in 45 minutes of action to improve to 4-0 on the year. Starter Nicole Martins (Saucon Valley) made one save in the first 15 minutes, leaving with the score knotted at 4-all.

ESU was led by Hana Cicerelle, who scored a game-high four goals. Krista Mitarotonda added a pair as well. Goalkeeper Tatyana Petteway made 10 saves in 53 minutes of action, before being lifted or Michelle Dyck, who made a pair of saves in the final seven minutes.

“All year long, we have said, ‘Next game is the only game,'” Martino explained. “And, I think our players did a nice job of focusing all of their attention on this game. Now, we have to turn around and prepare for another big game really quickly.”

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