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Women’s lacrosse: St. Joe’s topples La Salle; Villanova wins, Penn State completes rare sweep of Maryland

Sunday, 11th April 2021

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/11/21
From Press Release

Lauren Figura (Lenape) scored a career-high six goals as the Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse team rolled to a 19-9 win at La Salle on Sunday afternoon. Seven different Hawks fscored as SJU finished off a season sweep of its crosstown rival.

Lauren Figura

• La Salle (3-7 overall, 1-4 Atlantic 10) got the game’s first goal, from Allison Hunter (Middle Township-NJ) at the 27:35 mark, but the Hawks took control immediately after. A 9-0 run keyed by four goals from Figura staked the Hawks to a 9-1 lead with 18:57 to play in the first half.
• After another Explorer tally, Figura, Emma O’Neill, and Sophia Kolkka (Plymouth Whitemarsh) scored in quick succession to give Saint Joseph’s (7-5 overall, 4-1 Atlantic 10) a 12-2 advantage at the 16:20 mark.
• The teams traded goals for the remainder of the stanza as the Hawks took a 15-5 lead into halftime.
• La Salle got the first two goals of the second half, but the Hawks answered as Figura, Bridget Cerciello (Southern Lehigh), Stephanie Kelly, and Sam McGee (Abington) found the net and pushed the edge to 19-7. Annina Iacobucci (Villa Maria Academy) then scored a pair of consolation goals for the Explorers to set the final margin.

• Amber Weedon made nine saves in 45 minutes of action; Melissa Semkiw came on in relief and made three stops of her own. Molly Loughlin and Julia Dellaratta (Archbishop Carroll) filled the cage for La Salle, combining for four saves.
• Figura’s six points were a game high, while Kolkka added five off the bench. Iacobucci and Madi McKee (Garnet Valley) tallied three each for the Explorers.
• SJU outshot La Salle 30-23, while the Explorers held a 19-10 advantage in draw controls. La Salle made 15 turnovers in the game, while the Hawks committed just six.
• Figura and Anna Seifert (Bishop Shanahan) scooped up a game-high four ground balls apiece, while Julia Pash grabbed five draws and Taylor Newman-Farr gathered four. McKee secured eight draw controls to lead all players.

Villanova 15, Butler 10

Katie Comerford scored five goals, including her record-setting 139th as a Wildcat, to help lead Villanova past Butler on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Villanova Stadium.

The Wildcats (5-7 overall, 3-3 BIG EAST) swept the two-game weekend series from the Bulldogs (0-7 overall, 0-6 BIG EAST).

Comerford moves past Meghan Doyle (1995-99) into first place on Villanova’s all-time goals scored list. She also moved into a tie for the program record with assists (102) in today’s win.

Haley Driscoll added three goals for the Wildcats while Alexa Tsahalis scored two.

Penn State 16, Maryland 9

The No. 14 Nittany Lions earned a huge win over No. 9 Maryland on Senior Day at Panzer Stadium. The Nittany Lions jumped out to a 7-1 lead and cruised to victory. Penn State improved to 4-6 overall, while Maryland dropped to 4-6. Penn State earned a season sweep over Maryland, including a 15-13 win earlier this year.

The Nittany Lions honored their 10 seniors before the game: Maria Auth, Kenzie Carroll, Sammy Helgeson, Kate Love, Lucy Lowe, Quinn Nicolai (Moorestown), Rachel Rosen, Alyssa Sloane, Sophia Triandafils and Emily Vengilio.

Penn State was paced by freshman Kristin O’Neill’s six points, including five goals. Mary Muldoon tallied a career-high five goals. Olivia Dirks (Episcopal Academy) added two goals and three assists, while Triandafils contributed two goals and two assists. Auth recorded a goal and an assist, while Nicolai scored one goal. Gretchen Gilmore and Rosen each had an assist. Lowe earned 10 saves.

Auth now has 213 career points, moving into sole possession of ninth all-time at Penn State. On the day, Auth broke a tie with Steph Lazo (211; 2014-17). Auth also moved into sole possession of 10th on the all-time goals list with 149, breaking a tie with Diane Whipple (1987-90). Auth sits in a tie for 11th on the all-time assists chart with 64.

Quinnipiac 15, Manhattan 11

Emily Feeney (Downingtown West) had two goals, two draw controls, a groundball and an assist for Quinnipiac (5-5).

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