PHILADELPHIA – Freshman attack Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) found the back of the net six times as the Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team knocked off visiting Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opponent Post, 16-7, on Senior Day at Ravenhill Field Saturday afternoon.
The win improves the Rams' overall record to 8-4 and keeps the team perfect in CACC play with a 6-0 mark. Post drops to 1-9 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
Prior to the start of the match, the Philadelphia University athletics department and women's lacrosse head coach George Chis-Luca honored the team's lone senior, defender Rebecca Cox (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham).
Once play got underway, Philadelphia sprinted out to a 7-1 lead. Sophomore attack Allison Brian (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) led the charge with a hat trick. Sophomore midfielder Lauren Hartman (Sewell, N.J./Our Lady of Mercy) added a goal and an assist.
The Eagles closed the gap to 9-5 when Miranda Polaski scored one of her two goals with 3:49 left in the half.
Junior midfielder Libby Nichols (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) completed her hat trick at the 2:13 mark to give the Rams a 10-5 lead, which they took into halftime.
Behind three Mower goals and Hartman's second of the game to open the second half, the lead expanded to 14-5.
Aside for her three goals, Nichols added five draw controls, four ground balls, and two turnovers. Freshman midfielder Katelynn Parent (Millville, N.J./Millville) picked up a team-best five ground balls. Junior defender Ellen Wright (Salem, Va./Salem) scored her first goal of the year with 4:28 left and added three ground balls.
Polaski had two ground balls, two draw controls, two caused turnovers, and one assist to go with her two goals for the Eagles. Meghan Diggett added a pair of goals.
Freshman goalkeeper Felicia Branagan (Millville, N.J./Millville) made three saves to earn her sixth win the year. Post's Kathy Walker was strong in a losing effort with 16 saves. The Rams outshot the Eagles, 39-13.
Philadelphia travels to Holy Family for a CACC showdown on Tuesday, April 9 at 4:30 p.m.