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This Day in History for Philly lacrosse: Links to top stories (girls’/women’s) from March 26

Thursday, 26th March 2020

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, High School  

(This is one of a regular-day series of boys’/men’s and girls’/women’s stories looking back on this date in history), Posted 3/26/20

3/26/20 – Girls’ wrap: Wood upsets Abington, 6-5, in OT as father defeats daughter; Ridley topples Interboro

Caitlyn McCartney had three goals and scored the game-winner in overtime as visiting Archbishop Wood upset Abington, 6-5, in non-league girls’ lacrosse Thursday.

Aubrie Ahrens had two goals and Alyssa Andress added one for Wood (2-0) and Kate Smart made 10 saves. Kailee Ashby had three goals for the Ghosts (2-1), ranked fifth in the PIAA in the Media Rankings. Carli Fitzgerald and Maddie Evans also scored for Abington.

The game also featured an intriguing father-daughter competition. Abington All-American goalie Alisha Aquilino – who had 10 saves – is the daughter of Wood coach Chris Aquilino.

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3/26/09 – Radnor holds onto top spot in Rankings

The first week of action saw several Top 10 teams getting knocked off. The second Girls Rankings for 2009:

1. Radnor (1-0) – The Red Raiders warmed up for their early Central League showdown at Springfield-Delco today by downing a solid Unionville team, 13-7, on Wednesday.

2. Strath Haven (2-0) – The Panthers were tested by Downingtown East Tuesday in a 14-10 victory. They open their Central League season Friday at home against Penncrest.

3. Episcopal Academy (4-0) – EA has yet to be tested and opens its Inter-Ac league season Wednesday at Springside School.

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3/26/10- Women’s college roundup: WCU downs Bloomsburg, Holy Family wins 2nd straight

Erin Oczkowski (Archbishop Wood) scored four goals and Gabrielle Stitz (Hatboro-Horsham) netted three as fifth-ranked West Chester University defeated host Bloomsburg, 13-10, in a battle of PSAC Eastern Division favorites Thursday afternoon.

West Chester (5-0, 3-0 PSAC East) improved its regular-season conference winning streak to 52 games with the win over Bloomsburg (5-2, 2-1), which was picked second in the preseason polls behind the Golden Rams.

Clinging to a vicarious two-goal advantage (8-6) early in the second half, West Chester scored four unanswered goals. Stitz scored twice during the run while Oczkowski added another off a free position. The Huskies fought back by scoring four of the last five goals of the game. But the Rams held the hosts scoreless over the final 3:28 to preserve the victory.

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3/26/15 – Girls’ lacrosse: Agnes Irwin tops national power Vero Beach (FL), 8-7

Agnes Irwin defenders (left to right) Alicia O’Neil, Sarah Platt, Kate White, Emily Fryer and goalie Hailey Andress cause one of their five turn overs against Vero Beach.  Agnes Irwin defeated national powerhouse Vero Beach 8-7 in Florida on Thursday.
Agnes Irwin defenders (left to right) Alicia O’Neil, Sarah Platt, Kate White, Emily Fryer and goalie Hailey Andress cause one of their five turnovers against Vero Beach. Agnes Irwin defeated the national powerhouse Fighting Indians 8-7 in Florida on Thursday. (Photo for

Laura Pansini scored the game-winner on a free position shot with four minutes to play and Agnes Irwin’s staunch defense held as the Owls defeated host Vero Beach (FL), 8-7, in nearby Davenport today in a signature win for the program.

Agnes Irwin (4-0) fell behind early, 4-0, and later had to rally from a 7-6 deficit following a quick rain delay that helped swing the momentum to Vero Beach (11-2). The Fighting Indians are the No. 17 team in the STEPS Lacrosse North America Rankings and the nine-time defending Florida state champs.

Sophomore goalie Hailey Andress made a key save down the stretch and Kate White and Kate Chernitsky controlled crucial ground balls to help Irwins maintain possession and run out the clock for the victory.

“This is such a big win for us! It feels great,” said Pansini, a junior committed to Princeton. “It shows what our program is capable of.”

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