March 13, 2013

Women's lacrosse fights off Mercy, 13-12, for first win of the season

PHILADELPHIA – Junior attack Emily Ray (Bedminster, N.J./Bernards) tallied four goals, including the game-winning goal, as the Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team picked up its first win of the season, 13-12 over Mercy in a non-conference match Tuesday afternoon on Ravenhill Field.

Ray broke an 11-all deadlock with an unassisted goal with 9:23 left in the game to give the Rams (1-2) the lead. Thirty seconds later, junior midfielder Carli DiCioccio (Bordentown, N.J./Northern Burlington) lofted a pass ahead to Ray, who then shot the ball into the upper right corner to extend the margin to 13-11.

Mercy (3-1) closed within one when Marissa Hurley converted a free-position shot at the 7:26.

With the help of four Maverick yellow cards over the final 3:47, the Rams were able to play keep away and run out the clock.

DiCioccio finished the afternoon with one goal and five assists. Three of her assists came during a four-goal spurt that allowed the Rams to take an 8-3 first-half lead.

Lauren Hartman (Sewell, N.J./Our Lady of Mercy), Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area), and Libby Nichols (Baltimore, Md./McDonough) added two goals each for the Rams. Nichols added six ground balls, four caused turnovers, and four draw controls.

Tracy Wandle had a team-high seven points (two goals, five assists) for Mercy. Hurley posted a hat trick, while Kristen Znaniecki, Kelsey Bub, and Michelle Tiernan all scored twice.

Tiernan had a game-high 10 draw controls, while Callie Schwichtenberg had six ground balls.

Freshman goalie Felicia Branagan (Millville, N.J./Millville) posted two saves to earn her first collegiate victory, while Mercy's Stephanie DiLegge stopped 12 shots. Philadelphia owned a 32-21.

Philadelphia heads to Chestnut Hill for a rescheduled non-conference match on Thursday, March 14 at 4:30 p.m.

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