PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team defeated visiting Georgian Court in a battle of Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) unbeaten, 13-4, Saturday afternoon on Ravenhill Field.
Prior to the start of the match, the team honored its eight seniors: Rebecca Baker (Randolph, N.J./Randolph), Kristen Blye (Chester Spring, Pa./Downingtown East), Carli DiCioccio (Bordentown, N.J./Northern Burlington), Libby Nichols (Ellicott City, Md.), Emily Ray (Bedminster, N.J./Bernards), Melissa Styer (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park), Ellen Wright (Salem, Va./Salem), and Allison Zuppulla (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon).
Once the match got underway, Nichols got Philadelphia (8-1, 6-0 CACC) out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of unassisted tallies in the opening 9:35.
After Molly McCourt got the Lions (9-3, 7-1 CACC) on the board at the 15:13 mark, the Rams got a pair of goals from Nichols and junior attack Allison Brian (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) to take a 6-1 lead at the half. Both of Nichols' goals came on free-position shots, while Brian's two goals were assisted by junior midfielder Lauren Hartman (Sewell, N.J./Our Lady of Mercy).
Philadelphia quickly increased its lead to 9-1 with goals from Blye, junior attack Elizabeth Marrosu (Flemington, N.J./Immaculata), and Hartman with 26:22 left to play.
Georgian Court answered back with a pair of strikes separated by 58 seconds to close the gap to 9-3. Melissa Williams got on the board at the 22:06 mark after receiving a pass from behind the net from Kerry Stader. Catherine Dee converted a free-position shot with 21:08 left.
Hartman capped off her six-point day with back-to-back unassisted goals and allowed the Rams to regain its eight-goal lead (11-3) with 14:12 to play. Nichols scored her fifth goal of the afternoon, with an assist from Brian, at the 12:52. DiCioccio was responsible for the Rams' final goal with 9:41 left.
The Lions got a late-goal from Stader to produce the final score.
Nichols added a match-high nine draw controls, four ground balls, and three caused turnovers. Styer had four ground balls and caused a game-high four turnovers.
Dee contributed five ground balls and three caused turnovers.
In goal, junior Kristen Moran (Walden, N.Y./Valley Central) made two saves to earn the victory (8-1). Georgian Court's Stephanie Lehner (9-1) stopped three of the 15 shots on goal she faced in the first 33:38.
Philadelphia outshot Georgian Court 27-7.
Philadelphia returns to action with a CACC contest against Wilmington (Del.) on Tuesday, April 8 at 4:30 p.m. on Ravenhill Field.