PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team scored 14 times in the second half of its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) match at Holy Family to turn a four-goal halftime advantage into a decisive 26-10 victory Saturday afternoon on Tiger Field.
Isabella DiGnazio (Pittsburgh, Pa./Peters Twp.) racked up seven goals and one assist to cross the 100-career point plateau. She joined the century club with her third goal of the afternoon, coming just 1:08 before halftime. DiGnazio added six draw controls.
Laura Dunne (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) recorded a game- and career-high 12 points in the victory as she scored five goals and assisted on seven other goals. Courtney Shaw (Langhorne, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) and Kathryn Avanzato (Lake Grove, N.Y./Sachem North) both contributed four goals and one assist. Shaw also had a match-high seven draw controls and three ground balls.
Samantha Ryder (Perkasie, Pa./Pennridge) had a four-point afternoon with three goals and one assist, while Sarah von Lange (Marriottsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) had a pair of goals. Erin Eckert (Warrington, Pa./Archbishop Wood) added one goal and one assist.
Philadelphia (5-8, 3-3 CACC) owned a 12-8 halftime lead after Holy Family's Nicole Mansi trimmed the margin to four with three seconds left before the break.
Avanzato got the Rams off to a fast start in the second half, scoring twice in the opening two minutes to increase the gap to 14-8. Ryder and DiGnazio widen the gap to eight at the 24:10 mark after scoring goals 2:35 apart.
After Holy Family scored back-to-back goals to cut the Philadelphia lead to 16-10, the Rams ran off 10 unanswered goals over the final 21:09. The Rams had a balanced attack during the run with six different players scoring a goal. DiGnazio, von Lange, Ryder, and Dunne all scored twice and Shaw and Eckert added one goal.
Philadelphia's defense also played a tremendous part in the surge as the Rams held Holy Family to just four shots over the final 21 minutes.
Philadelphia never trailed in the match as Dunne got things underway with two goals 14 seconds apart to get the Rams a quick 2-0 lead at the 28:11 mark. DiGnazio's second goal of the day with 4:37 before the half gave Philadelphia a first-half high five-goal lead, 10-5.
Alyssa Matthews (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) stopped five shots in the Philadelphia goal to pick her first collegiate victory. Amber Frechette had 10 saves for Holy Family. The Rams outshot the Tigers 40-23, 19-6 after halftime.
Mansi led Holy Family with four goals and one assist. Casey Brown found the back of the net three times.
Philadelphia travels to Chestnut Hill for a conference match on Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School.