Mower nets game-winner as Rams defeat Dominican (N.Y.) in CACC Tournament semifinal, 13-12

LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Freshman attack Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) showed why she earned the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) rookie of the award as she scored a career-high seven goals, including the game winner with 2:12 left, to lift the Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team over Dominican (N.Y.) 13-12 in a CACC Tournament semifinal match on Saturday afternoon at Georgian Court.

The Rams improve their overall record to 14-4 and extend their winning streak to eight. Philadelphia—who advances to its first CACC Tournament final since 2011—will take on Holy Family for the conference title. The Tigers needed double overtime to defeat host Georgian Court 15-14. The final will be contested on Sunday, April 28 at noon.

Dominican ends the season at 7-8.

Sophomore attack Allison Brian (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) netted a hat-trick, while junior midfielder Libby Nichols (Ellicott City, Md./McDonogh) scored twice and added a team-high four draw controls. Freshman defender Christine Page (Levittown, N.Y./Macarthur) found the back of the net once and dished out three assists.

Amanda Shelton recorded four points (three goals, one assist) in the loss for the Chargers. Traci-Joan Muniz, Christine Brennan, and Kelly Barbarite scored twice.

Sophomore goaltender Kristen Moran (Walden, N.Y./Valley Central) was solid for the Rams as she made a season-high 14 saves. The Chargers' Brittany Kiernan stopped nine shots.

Dominican owned a 30-28 shot advantage.

Philadelphia jumped out to a 6-1 lead midway through the first half behind a pair of goals each from Mower and Brian. The final 14:16 of the half belongs to the Chargers as six different players contributed to a 7-1 surge that gave Dominican an 8-7 halftime advantage.

Brian tied the game just over four minutes into the second half and Mower followed with back-to-back goals to put the Rams ahead 10-8. The teams traded goals until Muniz broke the streak with a free-position shot at the 3:56 mark to knot the score at 12. 

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