Lady Rams’ rally falls short in 17-15 loss to St. Thomas Aquinas

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team scored the game's final four goals; however, it wasn't enough as the Lady Rams fell to St. Thomas Aquinas, 17-15, in a non-conference match Friday afternoon on Ravenhill Field.

The Lady Rams (5-7) overcome a five-goal halftime deficit with five straight goals to open the second half at tied the game at 10 with 19:52 to go. Attack Emily Ray scored two of her four goals in the charge.

St. Thomas Aquinas (6-4) answered with seven of the game's next eight goals, which included three goals Genevieve Stickney and two from Anne Buttafuoco and Margaret Sharp, to grab a 17-11 advantage.

Midfielder Kalin Hodel started Philadelphia's rally with six minutes left with her second goal of the game, with an assist from midfielder Caribeth Shappell. Defender Andrea Saracco netted a free-position goal at the 4:15 mark to cut the score to 17-13.

Attack Taylor Peltzer scored the last of her game-high five goals forty seconds later and pulled the Lady Rams within three. Ray converted a free-position shot with 54 seconds left.

Stickney finished the game with five goals for the Spartans. Sharp recorded four goals, while Buttafuoco and Stephanie Brown had hat-tricks.

In goal, Philadelphia's Ellen Wright made 15 saves. St. Thomas Aquinas goalie Stephanie Nelson recorded 14 stops.

Ray is now two goals away from reaching the 100-career goal plateau. Shappell, who had 10 draw controls, closed within 14 points from 200 in her career, and remained seven goals away from 100.

Peltzer opened the scoring with the game's first two goals. At the 24:15 mark, Ray scored on a free-position shot to give Philadelphia a 3-0 lead.

St. Thomas Aquinas controlled the rest of the half, outscoring the Lady Rams 10-2.

Philadelphia returns to action with a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference match against visiting Holy Family Saturday, April 14 at noon.

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