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D1 women’s roundup: St. Joe’s, Princeton, Penn gain triumphs

Sunday, 20th March 2022

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/20/22
From Press Releases

Behind a five-goal performance from Lauren Figura (Lenape), Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse hammered Delaware Saturday afternoon, 19-8. The Hawks move to 4-4 overall, while the Blue Hens drop to 2-6. Figura’s first of the game was her 100th career goal.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Hawks took the first two goals of the game before the Blue Hens went 3-1 to knot things at three apiece. SJU claimed the final two scores to hold a 5-3 advantage after one.
Delaware scored first in the second and then the Hawks ripped the game open a bit with a 5-1 spurt to the half with a 10-5 lead.
St. Joe’s really pulled away in the third period with eight-straight goals to go ahead 18-5.
The home team notched three goals before the Hawks stopped the run with one of their own for a 19-8 final.

BEHIND THE BOX SCORE:
SJU won the draw control battle 22-9.
12 different Hawks recorded a goal as the team posted a season-best 19 scores.
Figura led all scorers with the five scores. She added two assists for seven points on the day.
Lisa Ross handed out three assists and scored once for four points. She also had a ground ball and a caused turnover.
Sophia Kolkka (2G, 1A, Plymouth Whitemarsh) and Julia Strobel (1G, 2A, Wilson) each had three points. Kolkka added six draw controls and a caused turnover.
Rilea Fusco (1G, 1A), Emma O’Neill (2G), and Maddie Yoder (2G, Springfield-Montco) all tallied two points.
Kate Antonelli, Bella Miceli, Maggie Davidson, and Bonnie Yu all record one goal.
Riley Evans scored once and corralled a career-best eight draw controls. This is the second game in a row that she has set a career mark in that category.
Kaela Smith (Bishop Shanahan) rounded out the point scoring with one assist.
Jorden Concordia (4-4) made four saves and allowed six goals.
Liana Moli entered for the final 9:27 in cage, for her first appearance of her career. She made two saves and allowed two scores.

Kendra Schweizer (St. mark’s-DE) scored twice for the Blue Hens.

Princeton 12, Penn State 11

The 11th-ranked Tigers led big early, trailed in the second half and then escaped Happy Valley with a 6-0 record, on a Sophie Whiteway goal with 32 seconds left.

Penn State fell to 5-3.

On a day when Princeton leading scorer Kyla Sears was held to one goal, it was Kate Mulham who equaled her previous season total with a career day of four goals and an assist. Mulham scored three of her goals in the first 20 minutes as the Tigers built a 7-2 lead, but Penn State had no quit on this day.

Instead of a blowout, it became a 7-5 game when Penn State scored the final three goals of the first half, including one with only one second to go. The halftime break didn’t stop the momentum, as Penn State then scored the first three of the third quarter to go up 8-7.

Now it was Princeton who had to answer, and answer the Tigers did. Mulham ended the run with her fourth, and then goals from Grace Taukus and Sears made it a 10-8 game. It was 11-9 Princeton before Penn State rallied, and Taylor Regan finally tied it again at 11-11 with 1:41 left.

The following draw would be huge, as the team that won it could take most of the remaining time off the clock. That meant, of course, that it was Marge Donovan time, and she picked up her eighth draw control of the game. Now with possession, Whiteway drew a free position chance and then powered her way through two defenders to knock it home.

Eight different Tigers would score in the game, and Mulham and Tauckus (two) were the only ones with more than one. The group of six who had single goals were Sears, Whiteway, Ellie Mueller (Radnor), Nina Montes, McKenzie Blake (Haddonfield, 2A) and Kari Buonnano.

Maria Pansini (Agnes irwin) added two groundballs and a caused turnover on defense. Sam Fish made 13 saves in goal.

Kristin O’Neill had four goals for Penn State and Meghan Murray added three goals. Brooke Hoss scored twice and Kara Nealon (Garnet Valley) scored once.

Penn 10, Georgetown 7

Keeley Block led all scorers with a career-high five goals for Penn (3-4). Taylyn Stadler had three points on two goals and an assist.

Meanwhile, Krissy Kowalski had a career day with 17 saves in 60 minutes of work between the pipes.

For the Hoyas (4-4), Ali Diamond (Plymouth Whitemarsh) had a goal and an assist, Annabelle Albert (Lawrenceville) scoed once while Radnor alums Melissa Massimino (3CT, 2GB) and Nicole Massimino (1DC) helped lead the defense.

Other scores:

American 13, Lafayette 9
Siena 11, La Salle 9
Loyola 15, Lehigh 7

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