LAKEWOOD, N.J. – The Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team ended its 2013 season with a 12-10 loss to Holy Family in the championship match of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament Sunday afternoon at Georgian Court University.
Philadelphia finishes the season with a 14-5 overall record, the most wins for the program under fifth-year head coach George Chis-Luca. The Rams won the CACC southern division.
Holy Family improves to 13-5 and won its second consecutive conference title.
Freshman attack Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) scored four goals and dished out on assist for the Rams. Mower finished the tournament with 11 goals—including the game-winner against Dominican (N.Y.) on Saturday—and two assists and was named the tournament's most valuable player.
Junior midfielder Libby Nichols (Ellicott City, Md./McDonough) recorded two goals, one assists, five draw controls, four caused turnovers, and two ground balls. Junior defender Melissa Styer (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) contributed a goal and three ground balls. Both players were selected for the all-tournament team.
The Tigers received four-point efforts from Maria Mattioli (three goals, one assist) and Stephanie McNesby (two goals, two assists). Brigit LaRose added a hat-trick, while Paige Settar scored twice.
Grace Deckert made 10 saves in the Holy Family net, while Philadelphia's sophomore goaltender Kristen Moran (Walden, N.Y./Valley Central) recorded five stops.
The Rams owned a 22-21 shot advantage.
Philadelphia took a 3-0 lead just than 10 minutes into the contest on goals from Brian, Mower, and Styer. The Rams enjoyed a 5-2 lead until LaRose, McNesby, and Setter all found the back of the net in the final 10:47 of the half to tie the match up at five.
After Mattoli opened the second half scoring at the 22:14 mark, Philadelphia answered with a pair of Mower tallies and a Nichols goal to reclaim a two-goal lead at 8-6. With the match tied at eight, Hartman scored an unassisted goal with 7:52 remaining to put the Rams back in the lead, 9-8.
Holy Family came back with a string of three consecutive goals—one each from LaRose, Settar, and Mattioli—to take an 11-9 lead. Hartman was able to pull the Rams within one with her second goal of the match with 1:05 left on the clock.