March 23, 2013

Rams charge past Dominican (N.Y.) for 16-8 win

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team earned its third win in a row and remained perfect in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) play as it defeated visiting conference foe Dominican (N.Y.), 16-8, on Ravenhill Field Saturday afternoon.

The Rams (5-3, 3-0 CACC) climbed out of a 2-1 hole as they found the back of the net six times in the final 17:28 of the opening half to take a 7-2 lead at the intermission. Junior attack Emily Ray (Bedminster, N.J./Bernards) started the surge with her only goal of the game at the 17:28 mark. A goal with 14:44 left in the half by sophomore attack Allison Brian (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) put Philadelphia back in front.

A pair of goals from junior midfielder Libby Nichols (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh), and one each from junior midfielder Carli DiCioccio (Bordentown, N.J./Northern Burlington) and freshman attack Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) helped pad the lead.

After Dominican (1-3. 1-1 CACC) opened the second half with a quick goal, Philadelphia, led by five goals from sophomore attack Elizabeth Marrosu (Flemington, N.J./Immaculata), went on a 9-1 run to extend the gap to 16-4. Sophomore midfielder Lauren Hartman (Sewell, N.J./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) netted three goals, while Mower completed her five-point day (three goals, two assists) with her third goal of the afternoon.

Nichols finished the afternoon with four points (two goals, two assists), seven draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers. DiCioccio ended up with three points (one goal, two assists), three ground balls, a pair of caused turnovers, and a draw control.

The Chargers got two goals and two assists from Allison Smithwick. Christina Brennan recorded two goals, one assist, four draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Brianna Blank added a pair of goals.

In net, Philadelphia sophomore Kristen Moran (Walden, N.Y./Valley Central) stopped seven shots, while Dominican's Brittany Kiernan posted five saves. The Chargers owned a 30-28 shot advantage.

After wrapping up its homestand at 3-0, Philadelphia will play the first of three straight road games on Tuesday, March 26 at Holy Family at 4:30 p.m.

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