PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team will make its second straight appearance in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament championship title match after defeating Dominican (N.Y.) 21-11 in a semifinal round match Saturday afternoon at Chestnut Hill College.
Philadelphia—the southern division champion and overall number one seed—improves to 16-1 overall and extends its program-best winning streak to 16.
The Rams will face Holy Family--an 18-11 winner over Georgian Court--in the championship match on Sunday, April 27 at 11 a.m. Philadelphia won the season series 2-0.
Dominican ends its 2014 season at 10-7 overall.
The Rams came out strong, getting goals from five different players and three points from midfielder Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area)—playing in her first game since March 27—to jump out to a 5-0 lead.
Midfielder Kristen Blye (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) opened the scoring 1:52 into the contest with an assist from Mower. Mower got herself into the goal column at the 26:43 mark.
Mower picked up assists on back-to-back goals from attack Allison Brian (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) and midfielder Libby Nichols (Ellicott City, Md./McDonogh) to extend the gap to 4-0 with 23:34 left in the half. Attack Lauren Hartman (Sewell, N.J./Our Lady of Mercy) capped off the run with an unassisted tally at the 19:51 mark.
Dominican got back into the contest with three consecutive goals from Haliann Fitzgerald, Gina Sparaco, and Allison Smithwick.
After swapping two goals a piece, Philadelphia pushed its lead back up to five (10-5) with 2:23 left in the first thanks to goals by Nichols, Hartman, and Brian.
Each team scored twice in the final 1:44 of the half.
The Rams kicked off the second half with four of the first five goals to extend the lead to 15-7 on a Mower unassisted goal with 23:01 remaining in the contest.
Sparaco stopped the run and trimmed the Philadelphia to 15-8 as she found the back of the net at the 19:12 mark.
Two attack Emily Ray (Bedminster, N.J./Bernards) goals and another Brian tallied gave Philadelphia its first double-digit lead of the contest, 18-8, with 10:31 to play.
Ray's fourth and final goal of the afternoon with 2:51 to go gave the Rams their largest lead of the match at 21-10.
Mower finished the contest with a match-high seven points (two goals, five assists), while Brian chipped in with six (four goals, two assists).
Nichols ended up with four goals, one assist, six draw controls, five ground balls, and five caused turnovers. Hartman also racked up five points with two goals and three assists.
Blye found the back of the net four times. Midfielder Elizabeth Seitzinger (Schnecksville, Pa./Park) added a goal.
Dominican was led by a four-point effort from Smithwick. Christian Brennan, Fitzgerald, and Sparaco all scored twice.
In goal, Kristen Moran (Walden, N.Y./Valley Central) made 11 saves to record her 14th win of the year (14-1). The Chargers' Brittany Kiernan had eight saves and four ground balls.
Philadelphia owned a 38-29 shot advantage, 23-10 in the first half.