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College lacrosse: WCU rolls, Widener remains perfect; Eastern men topple Arcadia

Monday, 14th March 2022

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/14/22
From Press Release

Three players registered hat tricks as No. 5 West Chester went on the road during spring break and defeated homestanding Belmont Abbey, 18-6, on Monday afternoon.

West Chester (2-0) jumped out quickly on Belmont Abbey (3-4) with nine goals in the first quarter. Hannah Stanislawczyk (./Gov. Mifflin) potted four goals while Helen Krescholleck (Saucon Valley) and Julia Littlewood (Conestoga) each scored three times. Lindsay Monigle (Cape Henlopen) dished out four assists while Keri Barnett (Archbishop Carroll) scored twice and handed out a pair of assists.

The Golden Rams opened up a 14-1 lead by halftime and was well in control of the game really from the outset. West Chester caused 12 turnovers to thwart any type of offensive momentum that Belmont Abbey tried to build.

The Golden Rams limited the hosts to just 13 shots in the game and held a decided 18-9 advantage on draw controls.

Meghan Cull (Springfield-Delco) and Meg O’Donnell (Upper Moreland) each scored twice and added an assist. Cassidy Hirsch (Upper Moreland) also scored her first college goal in the second half.

All three goalkeepers got time in the cage. Jessica Gorr (Bishop Shanahan) picked up the win making the start and registering one save. Amber Weedon recorded three saves in the third quarter without yielding a goal. Ellie Hughes (Abington) made a pair of saves in the fourth quarter.

D3 Widener 20, Immaculata 4

The Pride moved to 5-0 as Gab Cohen (Mainland-NJ) had five goals and Amber Bretz added four goals, three assists and five draw controls while Katie Ward (Sprngfield-Delco) had three goals. Clark Trowbridge (Souderton) added a goalm two assists and five draws and Jamie DeHaven (Williamstown) had two goals and two assists.

Men’s D3

Eastern 15, Arcadia 10

The Eagles (1-4) cracked the win column at Arcadia.

Christopher Fanelli (Pennridge) scored three of his five goals in the opening burst. The rookie attack also added assist in the win.

Injuries in the midfield led to a line-up change that resulted in Christopher joining his older brother Nicholas Fanelli (Pennridge) in the starting attack group. The change paid dividends early as the two brothers were involved in each of the seven first-quarter goals, and the Eagles held a commanding 7-2 lead at the first break.

After the Eagles had two shots saved and another go wide, Jake Gottschalk set up Christopher on the crease for a 1-0 lead. The Knights (2-3) tied the score on the ensuing faceoff. The Eagles made a defensive stand to get the ball back and Nicholas Fanelli set up Connor Killion to put the Eagles up for good.

The Killion goal was the first of three in a 45 second span for the Eagles. Nicholas found Christopher for the next two tallies. Arcadia grabbed a goal back before Christopher found Nick Litzenberger for his first of two on the day. Nicholas Fanelli scored from Killion for a 6-2 lead with two minutes left, before the Fanelli-Fanelli connection reappeared with Christopher on the finishing end with 22 seconds left in the quarter.

Connor Bachman scored Eastern’s two second-quarter goals, and the Eagles led 9-3 and had possession with just over a minute left in the first half. The Knights forced a turnover and scored twice int he final 14 seconds. Other than the final minutes of the game, it was the only time the Knights were able to score back-to-back goals.

Ethan Myers made six of his twelve saves in the third quarter. The sophomore goalie also picked up an assist on a Nicholas Fanelli goal early in the period. With Arcadia looking to force the issue with a ten-man ride, Myers worked himself free and led Fanelli to goal with a perfect 60-yard pass. Myers scored a goal last year against a ten-man ride but picked up his first career assist today.

Killion and Litzenberger added goals in the third to build a seven-goal lead with a minute to play in the third period. The Eagles had an answer for every Knight goal until the final minute. Avery Porter, who had moved into the midfield from the attack, scored Eastern’s final goal by splitting a pair of poles late in the shot clock.

Killion joined the Fanelli brothers with a six-point day.

Though the Eagles only won 11-of-27 faceoffs, they were able to win the ground ball battle and create good chances with a perfect clearing day. Kyran Baker (Ridley) led the Eastern defensive group with five ground balls.

James Barretta (Downingtown East) and Brian Albertsen each scored three goals for Arcadia (2-3).

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