Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/23/22
From Press Releases
The Delaware women’s lacrosse team (1-2) downed La Salle (2-1), 14-9, Wednesday for its first win of the season. Freshman Delaney McDaniel led the Blue Hens with five points on two goals and three assists.
Lizzie Hsu had three goals and and senior captain Danika Swech (Owen J. Roberts) had two straight goals, helping the Hens fight back from a 3-1 deficit. Riley Gillin (Academy of Notre Dame) had a goal and two assists and Sydni Rosa and lizzie Yurchak (Hempfield) each scored twice.
La Salle (2-1) was led by Emily Jonston (2G, 1A, Ridley) and Tori Rolon (Delran-NJ, 2 goals).
Villanova 12, George Washington 7
The Wildcats gave first-year coach Jill Batcheller (Archbishop Carroll) her first win as a Wildcat.
This is the first victory in series history for Villanova (1-3), after falling in both previous matchups, with the most recent in 2012.
“I am so proud of these girls,” said Batcheller. “I think it took us playing Villanova lacrosse, sticking to what we do well, playing fast and playing together.”
The Villanova offense was fueled by dual hat-tricks from seniors Caroline Curnal and Libby McKenna, while solid second half defense led the ‘Cats to victory.
Kianah Watson (Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) had two caused turnovers for GW (0-2).
Boston College 22, Virginia 15
Rachel Clark (Conesoga) had five goals, Devon Whitaker (Episcopal Academy) had two groundballa dna a cause dturnover and Myla Grace Barnett had a groundball and a caused turnover for UVA in the loss.
Penn State 18, Duquesne 4
The Nittany Lions’ victory marked head coach Missy Doherty’s 200th career win in her 18th total season and 12th season at Penn State. She now holds a 200-123 career record.
Eleven different Nittany Lions scored in the game with freshman Brooke Hoss having a standout four goals on four shots. Four PSU players had two goals apiece in sophomores Kayla Abernathy, Kristin O’Neill and Gretchen Gilmore plus junior Meghan Murray.
Junior Kara Nealon (Garnet Valley) had a team best three assists while junior Regan Nealon (Garnet Valley) led the Lions with three ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Shippensburg 15, Holy Family 5
Shippensburg used a six-goal first quarter to establish an early lead and defeat Holy Family in the 2022 season opener.
SU got four goals and an assist from graduate Alana Cardaci (Methacton), a hat trick and three assists from senior Jena MacDonald, and a hat trick by senior Hannah Seifried (Sacred Heart).
Widener 16, Arcadia 3
Amber Bretz scored five goals and Gab Cohen (Mainland) had three while Annalee Doyle (Pennrcrest) and Katie Ward Springfield-Delco) added two to lead Widener in its opener.
Cabrini 17, Albright 7
After a slow start, the host Cavaliers found their rhythm and cruised to a season-opening win.
Senior Dana Carlson (Springfield-Delco) paced the Blue and White attack with seven goals, while classmate Olivia Little (Springfield-Delco) scored twice and handed out six assists. Little also added four draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers to her stat line.
Sophomore Olivia Pace (Springfield-Delco) notched a pair of goals, while senior Kelly Sweeney (Kingsway Regional-NJ) added a goal and an assist. Like Little, senior Shea Neary (Archbishop Carroll) stuffed the stat sheet with two goals, a game high four caused turnovers, three draw controls and two ground balls.
Defensively, freshman Morgan McClintock (Garnet Valley) caused three Lions’ miscues and scooped four ground balls, while senior goaltender Sam Hamalak (Garnet Valley) was called on for just two saves to earn the victory.
Gwynedd Mercy 19, Delaware Valley 5
The Griffins rolled to 2-1.
Kristin Varilla (North Penn) topped the Griffins with six points (5 goals, 1 assist) and two ground balls. Haley Bloom finished with four points (3 goals, 1 assist), four ground balls, a draw control, and four caused turnovers. Senior attack Meleah Hoats contributed six points (4 goals, 2 assists), five shots, three ground balls, and a caused turnover to the victory, while her classmate, midfielder Laura Pelczar (Franklin Towne Charter) offered three goals, five shots, and four draw controls. Junior midfielder Damali Teagle (Central) was a major factor in the circle with 10 draw controls. She also recorded three points (1 goal, 2 assists), two ground balls, and a caused turnover.
Muhlenberg 18, Moravian 17
The Mules scored two goals in the final minute to pull out a dramatic win against Moravian in their season opener.
The Mules squandered a five-goal lead to start the fourth quarter before free-position goals by sophomore Nicole Steiner and Madeline Dill 26 seconds apart saved them from a disheartening defeat.
Dill’s winner with 32 seconds left was her career-best fifth goal of the game. She was one of four Muhlenberg players to record hat tricks. Junior Emily Gaffney netted a career-high 4 goals to go along with a pair of assists, while Steiner also scored 4 times, topping by one her total from all of last season. Senior Ariella Lerner notched her fourth career hat trick with 3 goals.
Alvernia 15, DeSales 12
Elizabethtown 19, Immaculata 9
Rowan 17, Ursinus 6