PHILADELPHIA – Sophomore midfielder Lauren Hartman (Sewell, N.J./Our Lady of Mercy) scored a season-high five goals in the Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team's 16-5 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over host Holy Family Tuesday afternoon on Tiger Field.
The Rams remain perfect in conference play with a 7-0 mark, 9-4 overall. Holy Family drops to 7-5 overall and 4-2 in the CACC.
Trailing 2-1 early on, freshman attack Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) started a string of four straight Ram tallies by converting a free-position shot at the 25:39 mark. Junior midfielder Libby Nichols (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) scored two of her three goals during the run.
After Brianna Lancetta cut the Philadelphia lead to 5-3 with 14:10 left in the half, the Rams tallied another four goals in a row—scored by four different players—to push their lead to 9-3 at the half.
The advantage reached eight with 20:05 to play as Nichols and Hartman both scored to start the second half. Philadelphia ended the game with the final goals, including a pair of goals from sophomore attack Allison Brian (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield).
Mower finished the game with four points (three goals, one assist) and two ground balls. Sophomore attack Elizabeth Marrosu (Flemington, N.J./Immaculata) scored twice, while freshman defender Christine Page (Levittown, N.J./Macarthur) added a goal. Aside from her hat trick, Nichols recorded six draw controls, five ground balls, and four caused turnovers.
Holy Family received a pair of goals from Lancetta. Paige Settar, Brigit LaRose and Stephanie McNesby also scored.
The Rams' sophomore goalkeeper Kristen Moran (Walden, N.Y./Valley Central) posted five saves in the victory. Grace Deckert made 12 stops in the Holy Family net. Philadelphia owned a 31-14 shot advantage.
Philadelphia heads north to take on Nyack for the first-ever meeting between the schools on Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m.