Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/7/22
From Press Release
The Cabrini women’s lacrosse team continued its run atop the with today’s 19-6 win over Marymount University in the Atlantic East Conference championship at Edith Robb Dixon Field.
The win marked the 10th consecutive conference title for the Cavaliers and the 20th in the 24 year history of the program.
With today’s win, the Blue and White also secures its place in the 2022 NCAA Tournament, the program’s 19th appearance. The team will learn its fate on Monday morning at 10:30am, when the NCAA broadcasts the 2022 Women’s Lacrosse Selection Show on NCAA.com.
For the second consecutive season, senior Olivia Little (Springfield-Delco) was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after finishing the day with five goals, nine draw controls and a pair of caused turnovers. The senior also entered the program’s record book, as her 100th career goal gave her 100 points on the season, just the fifth player in program history to record 100 points in a campaign.
Graduate student Ashley Tutzauer matched Little’s six points, pairing three goals and three assists, while both Dana Carlson (Springfield-Delco) and Shea Neary (Archbishop Carroll) added five points each. Carlson marked the scoring column four times to go with three draw controls, while Neary paired three goals, two helpers and six ground balls.
Senior goaltender Sam Hamalak (Garnet Valley) anchored a stingy defensive effort that allowed the Saints to record a season low 16 shots on the day. Hamalak notched five saves, three ground balls and a caused turnover. Sophomore Caroline Gallagher (Middle Township) and freshman Morgan McClintock (Garnet Valley) matched Little with two caused turnovers, while also adding a goal to the Blue and White coffers.
Graduate student Shannon Agnew (Haddon Township) was also honored after the game as the recipient of the Atlantic East Conference Elite 20 winner, an award given to the student-athlete competing at the championship with the highest grade point average.
The Cavaliers wasted little time seizing control of the championship game, as Tutzauer found Neary for the game’s opening goal two minutes into the action. Neary added her second goal just 47 seconds later. Little recorded her century goal on a woman-up free position shot at the 10:08 mark, and the home side was off and running.
Cabrini’s lead swelled to 6-0 before the Saints got on the board with just 20 seconds left in the first quarter.
Both teams exchanged goals in the early minutes of the second quarter before the Cavaliers squashed any hopes of a Marymount comeback. Cabrini netted seven unanswered goals with six players marking the score sheet, with Tutzauer’s marker beating the halftime buzzer to give the Blue and White a commanding 14-2 lead at the half.
Despite securing just nine of the 17 first half draw controls, the Cavaliers dominated the stat sheet, outshooting the Saints 30-6 and pressuring the visitors into 13 turnovers, while committing just four.
Goals by Little and McClintock extended the lead to 16-3 early in the third, before Carlson and Tutzauer scored in the final two minutes of the third to push the Blue and White lead to 18-4 with just 15 minutes to play.
While the Cabrini offense hummed, its defensive effort held the Saints to its worst offensive output of the season. The visitor’s six goals, zero assists, 19 shots, nine ground balls and 20 turnovers marked season lows for the visitors.
Kaleigh Dunham led the Saints with two goals, while Arayla Garcia collected six ground balls. Goaltender Muriel tallied eight saves in the loss.