Lady Rams edged out by Georgian Court, 17-16

Emily Ray
Emily Ray

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team was defeated by Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opponent Georgian Court University, 17-16, on Ravenhill Field Saturday afternoon.

Attack Emily Ray and midfielder Kalin Hodel both scored four goals for the Lady Rams (2-2, 2-1 CACC) in the defeat. Midfielders Nicole Lijana (two goals, two assists) and Caribeth Shappell (one goal, three assists) each turned in four-point performances. Attack Taylor Peltzer added two goals and one assist. Defeder Andrea Saracco picked up four ground balls.

Midfielder Stephanie Gallo paced Georgian Court (2-1, 1-0 CACC) with nine points (two goals, seven assists) and eight draw controls. Midfielder Corinne Coyle scored five times and had six draw controls. Attack Samantha Shaw found the back of the net four times.

In goal Philadelphia's Ellen Wright and Georgian Court's Amanda Cathcart each stopped 12 shots for their respective teams.

Both teams took 32 shots. Philadelphia had an 18-16 edge in grounds balls, while Georgian Court was better on draw controls by a 21-14 count.

Philadelphia took control of the contest in the first half with six consecutive goals by six different players to open up a 7-3 lead with 9:21 left. Shappell scored with just three seconds left in the half to give the Lady Rams an 11-5 lead at the intermission.

The gap grew to 12-5 on Ray's second goal of the game, which came 3:40 into the second half. Then the Lions mounted their comeback with nine straight goals, three coming from Shaw, to grab a 14-12 advantage.

Hodel stopped the run by scoring with 10:40 left and Ray tacked on two more goals to put the Lady Rams ahead 15-14 at the 5:14 mark.

After trading goals to make the score 16-15, Coyle scored the game's final two goals, the game-winner coming 65 seconds left in regulation.

Philadelphia goes out-of-conference for its next contest, a match-up with Queens (N.Y.) on Wednesday, March 21 at 3:30 p.m.