Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/4/19
From Press Release
The route was a little different, but in the end the result remained the same, as the Cabrini women’s lacrosse team continued its championship run with today’s 21-6 victory over the top seeded Marywood Pacers today in Scranton, PA.
While the Blue and White will enter the history book at the first ever Atlantic East Conference women’s lacrosse championship, the title marks the program’s eighth in a row and 18th overall.
It is also the first time since 2012 that the Cavaliers have won a title on the road. During that campaign, the Cavaliers also suffered a regular season loss to the Pacers, then had to travel to Scranton to claim the 19-16 win.
The victory improved the Cavaliers to 11-8 overall and avenged a 15-14 regular season home loss to Marywood, a defeat that snapped Cabrini’s 58 game conference win streak.
The Cavaliers must wait until Sunday NCAA Selection to see if they will receive an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. The show will be broadcast at 9:30pm on NCAA.com.
Senior Emma Rodner-Tims (Bishop Shanahan) was named Most Valuable Player after pairing three goals on three shots, three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.
Senior Avery Murphy (Archbishop Carroll) provided the offensive spark, matching a career high with eight goals, two assists, nine draw controls, four caused turnovers and three ground balls. Sophomore Taylor Dimmerling (Berks Catholic) also matched a career best with five goals, while freshman Dana Carlson (Springfield-Delco) added two goals, two assists and six draw controls.
Junior Mattie Porter (Springfield-Delco), sophomore Ashley Tutzauer and freshman Shea Neary (Archbishop carroll) caused two turnovers each, while Neary added a season best seven ground balls.
Freshman Sam Hamalak (Garnet Valley) was called on for just four saves in nearly 50 minutes of action to earn the victory, while senior Devon Scharf notched two saves in relief.
Tutzauer opened the scoring just 16 seconds into the game, but the Pacers responded with back to back goals to take an early lead. The advantage was short lived, as Carlson and Murphy scored in a span of 21 seconds, sparking a run of eight unanswered goals.
Both teams exchanged goals late in the opening stanza, but Murphy’s goal with 73 seconds before halftime game the Cavaliers an 11-4 lead heading into the break.
Cabrini turned up its pressure in the second half, outshooting the Pacers 24-7 and winning 12 of the 13 second half draws.
The pressure paid early dividends, as the Cavaliers scored three goals in the opening minute of the second half. All told the Blue and White netted the first seven goals of the period, extending its lead to 18-4 on Rodner-Tims’ tally with 17:32 to play.
The Cavaliers may have saved their best all-around game for their most important. Cabrini’s 21 goals, seven free position goals and 50 shots rank among the team’s top performances of the season, while its six goals allowed are among its fewest and the fewest the Pacers have scored all season.
The team’s +33 (50-17) advantage in shots are also its largest difference since outshooting Keystone 51-12 on March 23, 2018.
Senior Faith Grieshaber led the Pacers (12-5) with three assists and four points, while freshman Ashley Kings scored twice. Junior Gwyneth Gleason added four caused turnovers, four ground balls and three draw controls. Classmate Mary Leahy tallied 14 saves in the loss.