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Women’s lacrosse: Cabrini bows to Tufts in NCAAs; Thomas Jefferson falls in CACC final

Sunday, 9th May 2021

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 5/9/21
From Press Releases

The Cabrini women’s lacrosse season came to an end today, as the Cavaliers suffered a 23-7 loss to No. 3 Tufts at Colby College in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

The loss snapped the Blue and White’s eight game win streak, one that included the program’s 19th conference championship, and closed the campaign with an 8-3 overall record, including 6-0 in Atlantic East Conference play.

Sophomores Dana Carlson (Springfield-Delco) and Olivia Little (Springfield-Delco) led the Cavaliers with four points each. Carlson posted four markers, while Little paired two goals, two assists and a game high six draw controls.

Fellow sophomore Sam Hamalak (Garnet Valley) recorded 12 saves and four ground balls on the day, while juniors Taylor Dimmerling (Berks Catholic) and Ashley Tutzauer joined Little with two caused turnovers each.

Trailing 2-0, Carlson put the Blue and White on the board at the 22:55 mark, converting a Dimmerling feed. The Jumbos responded with two more goals, but Cabrini had an answer.

Little posted an unassisted tally before sophomore Kelly Sweeney (Kingsway Regional-NJ) found Carlson to pull the Cavaliers to within 4-3 with just under 13 minutes to play until the half.

The Cavaliers then saw their offense go cold, and the Jumbos took full advantage, scoring six unanswered goals to take a 10-3 lead into the halftime break.

Carlson opened the second stanza with a pair of early goals, but again Tufts turned their stingy defense to regain control of the game. Cabrini went scoreless over the next 21 minutes, as the Jumbos offensive attack pulled away to seal the game.

Catherine Lawliss and Kathryn Delaney scored five goals each for the Jumbos (7-0), who will face Roger Williams on Saturday in the tournament’s third round.

CACC Championship: Georgian Court 15, Thomas Jefferson 10

Second-seeded Thomas Jefferson rallied in the second half but it was not enough to overcome a 10-2 halftime deficit at the top seed Georgian Court. The Rams end the campaign with an 11-3 record.

GCU opened the scoring just 35 seconds into the contest. Lilly Kull (Owen J. Roberts) evened the score for Jefferson at the 26:35 mark. The Lions then went on a 7-0 run spanning eight minutes to take an 8-1 lead with 14:52 left in the first half. Madison Caffrey (Easton) stopped the surge at 13:57 to get the Rams within six (8-2) but Georgian Court tallied two more goals before the intermission.

The Lions struck again to start the second period, increasing their advantage to nine (11-2) with 25:35 on the clock, their largest margin of the contest. Jefferson began to storm back, however, netting seven of the next eight goals to close the gap to three (12-9) with 10:14 to play. Kull led the charge with three tallies and Erin Avanzato scored twice during the stretch. The teams traded goals and it was still a three-score game (13-10) with 5:10 remaining. However, GCU scored the final two goals and allowed just two shots the rest of the way, neither of which found the back of the cage.

Erin Avanzato: 3 G, 1 A, 1 GB, 2 CT, 7 DC
Lilly Kull: 4 G, 3 GB, 1 CT
Madison Caffrey: 2 G, 1 A, 2 GB, 1 CT
Kelsey Kaplowitz: 12 saves, 1 GB

Madison Caffrey, Lilly Kull, Erin Avanzato, and Erin Campbell (Camden Catholic) were named to the CACC All-Tournament Team for their efforts over the Rams’ two playoff contests.


  • Kelsey Kaplowitz and Melanie Goldstein (Lower Moreland) both recorded their 100th career save.
  • It was the Rams’ eighth appearance in the CACC title game.

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