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Women’s D1 roundup: @PennWomensLax, @DrexelWLax, @LaSalleLacrosse, @NovaWLax triumph

Saturday, 16th February 2019

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 2/16/19
From Press Releases

The 2019 season started on a high note for the 10th-ranked University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team, as the Quakers put forth a stingy defense front and got goals from eight different players en route to a 15-4 victory at Delaware.

*Three players recorded five points on the afternoon for the Quakers, including four goals and an assist from Erin Barry. Barry was efficient as ever for Penn, scoring a goal on each of her four shot attempts.

*Zoe Belodeau was right behind, finishing with three goals and two assists. Belodeau was matched by Chelsea Kibler for the team lead with three caused turnovers each.

*Taylyn Stadler and Michaela McMahon made an immediate impact for Penn in their collegiate debuts, each netting their first career goals. Stadler also added an assist.

*Gabby Rosenzweig had a game-high three assists to go with her two goals. Abby Bosco added two goals.

*Junior Mikaila Cheeseman earned the victory in net for Penn, finishing with nine saves in 46 minutes of action. Freshman Krissy Kowalski entered the game late and played 14 minutes.

*Penn led Delaware in shots, 27-16, and had 20 ground balls to 15 for the Blue Hens.

*The Quakers move to 1-0 for the sixth-straight season, with each win in that span coming against Delaware.

*Karin Corbett improves to 17-3 in season openers with the Quakers.

*With the win, Penn is now 11-2 in the all-time series vs. the Blue Hens, having won seven straight. The 11-goal margin of victory is the biggest in series history for the Red and Blue.

Mia DeRuggiero had a goal and an assist for Delaware (1-1).

Drexel 11, Iona 7

Drexel junior Lucy Schneidereith had a career day, scoring five goals as the visiting Dragons notched their first victory of the season. She added an assist and four ground balls as the Dragons never trailed in their first victory under new head coach Jill Batcheller (Archbishop Carroll).

Courtney Dietzel (Central Bucks South) put together a hat trick as she and Schneidereith combined to outscore the Gaels on their own on Saturday. Colleen Grady netted what proved to be the game-winner and had three assists. Karson Harris also had three helpers as the Dragons assisted on all seven of their goals that were scored during the course of play. She also collected three draw controls, as did Jamie Schneidereith and Caroline Cummings. Schneidereith added a pair of caused turnovers on the defensive end. Marah Hayes (Archbishop Wood) tallied her second goal of the year and Maggie Stetson (Conestoga) added her first. Meanwhile, Zoe Bennett came up with 13 saves, one shy of her career high and her most in a victory.

La Salle 17, LIU Brooklyn 4

After spending five seasons as the top assistant at Colgate, Katie Rhodes Abbott finally got the chance to demonstrate her head-coaching ability against LIU – Brooklyn. The result: one game at the helm, one win. Abbott oversaw a dismantling of the Blackbirds by 13 goals, the largest margin of victory for La Salle since the 2015 season.

Maddie Dachowski (Pennridge) ended last season with four goals. She eclipsed that mark in one game against the Blackbirds, scoring six times on seven shots, while leading the team in scoring with seven points. Bridget Ruskey (Middle Township, NJ) also scored six goals.

The pair were followed by a few other top performers: sophomore Brittany Stevens paced the team with four assists to go with a goal, Sarah Elias (Manheim Twp) had two goals and two assists, while sophomore Hope Smith (Radnor) had a goal and two assists.

Sophomores Priya Kavuru (Cherry Hill East, NJ) and Jordan Campbell (Abington) had the most caused turnovers on the day with two each, while Ruskey finished with a team-high five draw controls, followed by sophomore Emily Johnston (Ridley) with four.

In net, sophomore Molly Loughlin got the nod and convincingly grabbed a win in her second career start. The sophomore recorded eight saves on twelve shots–good for a 66.7 % save percentage–and also paced the team in ground balls with three.

Villanova 13, Cornell 12

Devin Hassinger (Owen J. Roberts) had four goals to give the Wildcats a win in their opener.

Caroline Allen (Academy of Notre Dame) had five goals and three assists for Cornell.

Penn State 15, Lehigh 5

The No. 12 Penn State Women’s Lacrosse team celebrated the opening of Panzer Stadium in style on Saturday, earning a 15-5 win over Lehigh.  The Nittany Lions scored the first seven goals of the second half to pull away for the victory.  Penn State improved to 2-0 on the season, while Lehigh dropped to 0-2.

Freshman Lauren Craft led the Nittany Lions with four points, including two goals and two assists.  Junior Quinn Nicolai (Moorestown) and sophomore Sophia Triandafils each contributed three points, each with two goals and an assist.  Seniors Kelly Daggett and Delaney Muldoon each tallied two goals, while senior Kayla Brisolari and freshman Sydney Wolfington each had a goal and an assist.  Brisolari won six draws and senior Madison Carter added five.  Goalie Taylor Suplee made six saves.

Hannah Cermack led the Mountain Hawks with two goals and an assist.  Sondra Dickey (Conestoga) added two goals and Mary Ellen Carron scored one.  Goalie Samantha Sagi made 20 stops.

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