PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team concluded the regular season with a 19-10 Senior Day loss to 10th-ranked Dowling College Saturday afternoon on Ravenhill Field.
Prior to the start of the match, the women's lacrosse program honored its six senior players: Felicia Branagan (Millville, N.J./Millville), Caroline Noebels (Hightstown, N.J./Hightstown), Katie Parent (Millville, N.J./Millville), Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area), Elizabeth Seitzinger (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland), and Madeline Haas (Blue Bell, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph).
The Rams end the regular season with a 12-5 overall record after having their winning streak stopped at 10. Philadelphia won the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference regular season title and will be the top seed for the CACC Tournament.
The Rams will face either Holy Family or Caldwell in the semifinal round on Saturday, May 7 at noon at Georgian Court University.
Philadelphia took advantage of three free-position opportunities to open up a 3-2 lead on the first of Kathryn Avanzato's (Lake Grove, N.Y./Sachem North) three goals at the 21:28 mark.
The Golden Lions' Alyssa Milano recorded back-to-back goals, separated by two minutes, to spark a 7-1 run that put Dowling ahead 8-5 with 11:05 left in the half. Katie Meinecke scored the final three goals of the surge as part of a four-goal, seven-assist day.
Seitzinger—who also scored three times for the Rams—had the Philadelphia goal, with an assist from Parent, during the span.
After Mower's second goal of the match pulled the Rams within two, the Golden Lions put up three of the final four goals to lead 11-6 at the break.
Dowling kicked off the second half by outscoring Philadelphia 6-1 in the opening 9:03 to extend the gap to 17-7. Five different Golden Lions found the back of the net during the run, two from Allie Merrill.
Seitzinger and Parent scored 51 seconds apart to make the score 17-9.
Mower wrapped up the day with two goals and one assist, while Laura Dunne (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) dished out three assists. Isabella DiGnazio (Pittsburgh, Pa./Peters Twp.) had one goal, six draw controls, three ground balls, and two caused turnovers.
Maria Matteis (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills) stopped six shots in her first game action since March 5. Dowling's Lauren Young made seven saves on 15 shots in 48:11 to earn the win.
In addition to Meinecke, Merrill and Milano scored four times.