PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team pushed its winning streak to five matches after defeating visiting Holy Family, 21-15, in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) match Thursday afternoon on Ravenhill Field.
Philadelphia improves to 5-1 overall, 3-0 against the CACC. The Rams also increased their CACC regular season winning streak to 14.
Holy Family is now 1-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
Three days after recording nine points in the win over Dominican (N.Y.), sophomore attack Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) tallied a career-high 10 points (four goals, six assists) and five draw controls against the Tigers.
It was the first time that a Ram recorded 10 points in a match since Taylor Peltzer's 11-point performance (five goals, six assists) against Chestnut Hill in a 20-10 win on April 21, 2011.
Junior attack Allison Brian (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) found the back of the net a career-best six times, including the match-winning goal. Grad student midfielder Kristen Blye (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) also tallied six points with three goals and three assists.
Senior midfielder Libby Nichols (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) contributed five goals, seven draw controls, seven ground balls, and three caused turnovers.
Holy Family received four goals, one assist, seven ground balls, and five caused turnovers from Brigit LaRose. Brianna Lancetta recorded a hat trick, while Paige Settar and Erin Harmer scored two times.
In goal, Philadelphia junior Kristen Moran (Walden, N.Y./Valley Central) posted seven stops. Holy Family's Grace Deckert made eight saves.
Philadelphia outshot Holy Family 39-24, 22-9 in the first half.
The Rams jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening minute thanks to goals from Marrosu and Nichols. Holy Family came back with a free position goal by Settar and a Harmer goal to tie the match at two at the 26:33 mark.
Philadelphia took control of the match with eight straight goals to move in front 10-2 with 14:36 left in the first half. Nichols and Brian scored three times during the surge, while Mower had two goals.
The Tigers managed to close the gap to 12-7 on an unassisted Lancetta tally with 1:28 to go in the half.
After alternating goals six times in the first 10:18 of the second half, Philadelphia rattled off four consecutive goals, capped off by Brian's sixth goal, to take a match-high nine-goal lead (19-10) with 12:06 to play.
Philadelphia returns to Ravenhill Field to take on Nyack in a CACC contest on Saturday, March 22 at noon.