Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/21/23
From Press Release
In a rematch of last year’s NCAA first round, 24th-ranked Haverford and visiting Cabrini went down to the wire today and needed extra time to decide the outcome.
A Haverford (1-0) goal from Tiffany Mikulis (4G) with 2:02 left in overtime gave the Fords a 16-15 win over the Cavs (1-1). The win avenged an 18-15 upset loss to Cabrini last year in the NCAA tourney.
Katharine Ference had three goals and four assists for the Fords.
For Cabrini, Olivia Little (Springfield-Delco) had five goals and one assist, while Shea Neary (Archbishop Carroll) had four goals and three assists. Olivia Pace (Springfield-Delco) added two goals.
Defensively, Neary had two caused turnovers and four ground balls to go along with seven draw controls.
In goal, Abbey Fenton (Ocean City-NJ) kept Cabrini in it making 11 saves.
Haverford started out with a 3-0 lead in the first six minutes, before Cabrini got on the board with an extra-man goal from Neary at 8:05 to go in the first period. Cassidy Starner (Nazareth HS) would pull the Cavs within one at 3-2 with a goal at the 5:44 mark.
Trailing 4-2, Cabrini got goals from Neary and Pace to tie the score at 4-all. Neary netted the tying goal with 1:46 left in the quarter. Haverford would take a 5-4 lead after one period of play as Mikulis scored at the 1:14 mark.
Cabrini would open up the second quarter with two goals, the last coming at 5:29 left in the stanza on from Little for Cabrini’s first lead at 6-5.
Haverford would then rattle off three straight goals, before the Cavs got another goal from Neary at the 12:13 mark of the third quarter, taking an 8-6 lead.
Down 9-7, Cabrini went on a 4-0 run with goals from Maggie Cella (Holy Spirit-NJ), Little, Pace and the last from Little at 59 seconds left in the third for an 11-9 lead – the Cavs biggest lead to date.
Haverford would re-tie the score at 11-all, before Cabrini got more goals to go up 13-11 as Little and Neve Murphy (Camden Catholic-NJ) found the back of the net, the last coming at 13:01. Neary scored with 6:41 left in the quarter giving Cabrini a 14-11 lead.
The Fords then strung together four straight goals, three of them from Sam Silverman (4G), to take a 15-14 lead with 1:34 left. Morgan McClintock (Garnet Valley) then scored the tying goal – on an assist from Little – with 63 seconds left to tie the score at 15-all.
Following McClintock’s goal, Little controlled the draw control and the Cavs got two shots at the game-winning goal. Caroline Gallagher’s (Middle Township-NJ) shot was saved at 48 seconds and Pace’s shot at 28 seconds hit the post. Neary had one last shot at four seconds but it sailed high.