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Women’s roundup: WCU stays perfect with OT win; @WidenerWLax wins thriller over Cabrini

Thursday, 15th March 2018

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/14/18

Tatum Altman scored 39 seconds into overtime to lift No. 13 West Chester to a come-from-behind 12-11 victory over Mount Olive on the road Wednesday afternoon at the Ray McDonald Complex.

West Chester (5-0), which trailed early on 4-0 and later 6-2, battled its way back to a tie game early in the second half and played a see-saw contest with Mount Olive (7-2) the rest of the way.

Altman took a feed from Sami Barnett (Interboro) right in front, wheeled around and fired a shot past Mount Olive goalkeeper Samantha Thomson from point blank range.

The Spartans’ Jordan Shaugure gave the hosts a brief 10-9 lead with 12:44 remaining. However, West Chester netted a pair of tallies 11 seconds apart with 2:36 and 2:25 remaining to take an 11-10 advantage. Barnett picked up a hat trick on the day with the first of the two crucial scores while Maggie Stella (Central Bucks East) put the Golden Rams ahead with an unassisted tally shortly thereafter.

Shaugure then sent the game into overtime with a marker with 57 seconds left. There were six ties and seven lead changes after the first 30 minutes of play.

Stella and Lexi Einsig (Exeter Twp.) posted her first college hat trick as well. Stella also won 10 draw controls for the visitors, notching her second straight game in double figures in that category. All 12 of West Chester’s goals were scored by a total of four people with three each. Altman joined Barnett, Stella and Einsig with a hat trick on the day. Barnett added a pair of assists for a team-best five points.

Julianne Clemens (Springfield-DELCO) made four saves in relief of starter Nicole Martins (Saucon Valley). Clemens played the final 38 minutes in the cage to pick up her second win of the season.

Division I

Penn State 22, Drexel 9

Sophomore Maria Auth turned in a career-high six goals and seven points to help lead No. 17 Penn State past Drexel in nonconference play during a chilly and snow filled afternoon from Panzer Stadium.

Junior Madison Carter added four goals while classmate Delaney Muldoon registered her first career multi-goal game as she collected a pair of her own. Ten other Nittany Lions registered single tallies as 13 total Penn State players found the back of the night with 15 total players registering at least one point on the afternoon.

Drexel (1-6) opened the scoring, marking the fourth time this season the opponent has gotten the early upper hand on PSU (5-3), as Caroline Cummings fired home her lone tally of the game at the 28:17 mark for the 1-0 lead.

Penn State then scored seven of the next eight goals to grab the 7-2 advantage at the 20:06 mark. The streak was paced by Auth and Carter who scored two goals each while senior Maggie Gallagher, junior Kayla Brisolari and sophomore Katie Schluederberg each added a goal of their own during the stretch.

Karson Harris then fired home back-to-back free-position tallies for the Dragons who inched the score to 7-4 at the 19:25 mark of the first half, but that would be as close as the visitors would come as Auth sandwiched another goal between one each from sophomore Shannon Moore (West Chester East) and senior Shelby Wells to give the Nittany Lions the 10-4 lead at the 10:48 mark.

Following a goal from Danielle Senour that cut the lead to 10-5 at the 9:37 mark, Penn State used an 8-0 bulge spanning the final nine minutes of the first half and the first nine of the second half to grab the 18-5 lead at the 21:12 mark of the final stanza.

PSU hit running time with Auth’s final goal of the game to open the second half at the 28:16 mark and after freshman Sophia Triandafils tickled the twine with a free-position tally at the 21:12 mark, the Nittany Lions had their largest lead of the day.

Drexel scored the next three goals over a five-minute span to cut the lead to 18-8, but Penn State used a 4-1 spurt to close the contest after junior Katie Garvey (Unionville) fired home her first career goal at the 1:20 mark to secure the 22-9 victory.

Division III

Widener 11, Cabrini 10, OT

Meg Steffney (West Deptford-NJ) scored on a free position attempt just more than a minute into overtime as the Widener University women’s lacrosse team got back on the winning track with a thrilling 11-10 victory against the Cabrini Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

BY THE NUMBERS for Widener
Melanie Bert led the Pride with six points on the strength of five goals and an assist. As part of the effort, she converted all four of her free position attempts.
Ashley Mastronardo recorded a hat trick in the contest, scoring the first goals of her collegiate career.
Kelly Lynch (Springfield-Delco), Caroline Kelley (Absegame-NJ), and Steffney had a goal each.
Emma DiGilio led WU with two assists.
Katie Hayes made 11 saves for the Pride.
The Blue and Gold had a season-high 29 ground balls in the game.

For Cabrini, junior Emma Rodner-Tims (Bishop Shanahan) had a career day, recording a career best three goals to go with an assists and four ground balls. Classmate Avery Murphy (Archbishop Carroll) matched Rodner-Tims with three goals and controlled six draws, while fellow junior Liz Hoeffner paired two goals, a helper, three ground balls and four draw controls.

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