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Women’s D2/D3 roundup: West Chester opens with victory; Widener, Gwynedd Mercy, Swarthmore win

Sunday, 24th February 2019

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 2/24/19

The No. 5 West Chester University women’s lacrosse team opened its season on Saturday afternoon in the Garden State with a 17-5 win over Georgian Court (0-1).

Georgian Court opened the scoring just seconds into the contest before Maggie Stella (Central Bucks East) answered back with a goal of her own minutes later to even the score at 1-1 with just over 23 minutes to play in the first half. From this point, the Lions went on a 3-0 run to open up a 4-1 lead with nine minutes to play in the first half. Stella registered her second goal of the young season moments later to trim the deficit to 8-2 with slightly over eight minutes to play in the first half.

West Chester ended the first half on a 7-0 run thanks to three goals from Emily Schulze (North Penn), two goals from Tatum Altman, and single goals from Ryan McKinney (Downingtown West) and Sami Barnett (Interboro) to carry a 9-4 lead to the halftime break.

WCU’s Sami Barnett (Interboro)

In the second half, the Golden Rams continued to play well as they scored the first three goals of the half thanks to a pair of goals from Barnett and another goal from McKinney to claim a 12-4 lead before the Lions could answer back to cut the deficit to 12-5.

West Chester registered another five goals over the course of the final 17 minutes as Kasey Kelly (Notre Dame, NJ), Devon Mela (Council Rock North), Schulze, Lindsay Monigle (Cape Henelopen), and Barnett all added goals.

Barnett and Schulze ended the game as the Golden Rams leading scorers as they each registered four goals while Altman, Stella, and McKinney each scored a pair of goals.

Barnett and Altman each ended with five points to lead the Golden Rams in this category as Barnett added an assist while Altman came away with three helpers in the season-opening victory. Barnett also finished as the teams leader in draw controls with four while Brenna Lynch (Archbishop Wood) led the way in groundballs and caused turnovers with six and four, respectively.

Nicole Martins (Saucon Valley) got the start in between the pipes for the Golden Rams and she made two saves before being replaced by Julianne Clemens (Springfield DELCO) who played the remainder of the game registering four saves while allowing just one goal.

Widener 20, Elizabethtown 13

Kelly Lynch (Springfield-Delco) came up one point shy of a school record, recording 12 points as the Pride toppled the Blue Jays. Lynch posted her 12 points on the strength of six goals and six assists. It is the fifth game in her career with 10 or more points.
Melanie Bert was a big part of the Pride attack, also scoring six goals.

Gwynedd Mercy 18, Wilkes 8

Samantha Brown (Washington Twp, NJ), who scored four goals, hit a personal milestone, as the junior recorded her 100th career point on her last tally of the day, a free position shot with 4:05 in the game.

Swarthmore 15, Immaculata 1

Swarthmore College Women’s Lacrosse opened the 2019 season on the road at Immaculata University with a 15-1 win.

Senior attack Kathryn Restrepo (Strath Haven) led the Garnet with four goals and two assists. Sophie Peipher (Tower Hill, DE) recorded a hat trick, sinking 3-of-7 shots. Julia Ostrowski and Mackenzie Frost each added a pair of goals.

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