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Women’s D3: Eastern wins 20-19 thriller, Neumann triumphs

Sunday, 14th March 2021

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/14/21
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The Eastern University women’s lacrosse erased a five-goal second-half deficit and scored the final five goals of the contest to claim a thrilling 20-19 non-league win at Delaware Valley. Hailey Ferry (Kingsway Regional-NJ) scored six of her game-high seven goals in the second half and had eight draw controls to lead the Eagles in the rally.

Eastern’s Hailey Ferry

Eastern (1-1) won a barn-burner in the last meeting between the two squads in Doylestown in 2019. The Eagles won that game 25-24 in overtime. Carly Burns, Allison Andres (Millville-NJ), Stephanie Druid and Michelle Martin are the only four holdovers from that game. Today, Andres scored three times and Burns scored twice.

The Aggies scored the first four goals of the game and led 8-3 on a free-position goal 21 minutes into the game. Burns and Ferry answered to cut the deficit to 8-5, but tthe Aggies scored three-straight to build a five-goal edge. Chirstina Butler tucked in her first career goal with a minute to play and after Druid gathered a draw control, Andres scored int he waning seconds to send the Eagles to halftime down 11-7. Ellie Pruitt had three goals in the first half. Emerson Shauger (Saucon Valley) also scored.

After Andres scored to open the second half, the hosts built a 17-12 lead with 14 minutes left. Butler socred again, but the Aggies answered to keep the five-goal edge with 10 minutes to go. Andres and Teresa Gailey scored to close the gap to 18-15 with seven minutes left, but the Aggies grabbed the draw and pumped in their 19th goal of the day within seconds of Gailey’s tally.

After Andres won the draw, Ferry scored in a man-up situation to start the decisive final six minutes. Shauger scored again to pull the Eagles to within two. The Aggies grabbed the next draw, but Ferry checked the ball loose and ran for goal. The sophomore stuck her fifth of the day to pull the Eagles to within a goal.

Andres won another draw control, her fourth of the day, to give the Eagles the ball with a chance to tie. Ferry earned the fan and drew a pair of fouls before finishing from eight meters to tie the game with 2:40 on the clock. She won the next draw and drove through the fan to the edge of the crease to put away what would become the game-winner with two and a half minutes left.

Ferry won another draw, her eighth to get the Eagles possession, but the Aggies forced a turnover, and the Eastern defense needed to find a stop. They challenged Delaware Valley in the ride and forced a turnover with less than 90 seconds to play. The Eagles held possession for the win.

Amanda McKeegan led the way up front for DelVal with five points on four goals and an assist, but she received two yellow cards and was unavailable down the stretch. Jaden Keefer also finished the game with four goals and Ashley Birmingham (Schulkill Valley) finished with three goals and an assist for four points, as did senior Sabrina Butler (Pottstown). Shannon Petrillo (Bensalem) set a career-high with her first three-goal showing.

McKeegan and Sadie Strober each had seven draw controls and Gabby Borst grabbed five while keeper Rebecca Kingsley made eight saves in the loss.

Libby Daniskas made eight saves in goal to earn the win.

Neumann 12, Chestnut Hill 7

The Knights returned to the field for the first time in over a year, opening the 2021 campaign with a non-conference win over host Chestnut Hill College.

Brylin Adams and Lindsay Fagan (Bonner-Prendergast) each scored three times for the Knights on the afternoon, while goalie Catriona Corrigan (Bonner-Prendergast) stopped 13 shots to pick up the victory in net.

After having its 2020 season ended abruptly due to the pandemic, Neumann was eager to return to the field for the new season this Spring. That anxiousness to get back into action was on full display in the opening half of play Saturday morning, as the team came out ready to play. Freshman Maggie Blemings (Bonner-Prendergast) opened the season and her career with a flourish, scoring just 26 seconds into the game to give the visitors an early 1-0 lead.

Chestnut Hill responded with a trio of unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead with 22:45 left in the first frame, but the Knights would not let it deflate them. Neumann stormed back with the game’s next three goals to regain the lead at the 18:18 mark. Jay Murray (Collingswood-NJ), Fagan and Alison Mallon (Souderton) all found the back of the net for the Knights, each scoring their first career goals.

After over ten minutes of a stalemate with solid defense and goaltending being played by both sides, the Griffins were finally able to level the score at 4-4 with a goal at 7:14. The game would remain tied until late in the half, when the Knights took a stranglehold on the game moving to halftime. Using a free position goal from Keri Mallon (Souderton) and Fagan’s second tally of the game, Neumann took a 6-4 lead into the break.

The Knights continued their momentum into the second stanza, tacking on three of the half’s first four goals via Adams, Ally Bee (St. Hubert’s) and Reilly Fiedler (Great Valley) to jump out to a 9-5 lead with 16:02 left to play. Chestnut Hill fought back with two straight goals to make it 9-7, but that was as close as the hosts would get. The final ten minutes of play would be the Adams and Fagan show, as the pair of attackers combined for three goals.

For Chestnut Hill, Sophomore midfielder Danielle Vassallo (Hicksville, N.Y) scored a team-high three goals, while sophomore midfielders Madyson Schwartz (Franklin Towne Charter) split her three points between a pair of goals and an assist.

Washington and Lee 16, Christopher Newport 12

Sophomore attack Allie Schwab (Harriton) had five goals and three assists to lead No. 4 W&L (2-0).

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