LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. – Sophomore attack Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) recorded five goals and one assist as the Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team got into the win column for the first time this season with a 19-6 victory at Chestnut Hill in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opener for both teams on Tuesday night at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School.
With the win, Philadelphia evens its overall record at 1-1, 1-0 in the CACC. Chestnut Hill is now 0-4 and 0-1 in conference play.
Grad student Kristen Blye (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) notched her first career four-point game with three goals and one assist. Junior attack Allison Brian (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) also contributed four points (one goal, three assists).
Senior midfielder Libby Nichols (Ellicott City, Md./McDonogh) recorded two goals, four draw controls, and caused four turnovers. Sophomore defender Katelynn Parent (Millville, N.J./Millville) found the back of the net twice, picked up a game-high six ground balls, and caused three turnovers.
Junior attack Elizabeth Marrosu (Flemington, N.J./Immaculata) scored twice, while junior midfielder Lauren Hartman (Sewell, N.J./Our Lady of Mercy Academy), senior attack Emily Ray (Bedminster, N.J./Bernards), sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Seitzinger (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland), and freshman attack Alyssa Matthews (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) all had one goal.
Jacklyn O'Leary paced the Griffins with a hat trick. Lea Sanders added two goals and Kelly Campbell had the other Chestnut Hill goal.
Junior goalkeeper Kristen Moran (Walden, N.Y./Valley Central) made seven saves in the win. Katie Joe Lang posted 15 saves in a losing effort.
Philadelphia stormed out to a 6-0 lead in the opening 11:22 of the contest. Blye led the early onslaught with a pair of goals, and assisted on Ray's game-opening tally.
After Campbell converted a free-position shot to cut the Philadelphia lead to 6-1 at the 17:59 mark, the Rams got a pair two goals from Mower and from Nichols to open up a 9-1 lead.
The Rams led 11-2 at the break. Philadelphia outshot Chestnut Hill 24-9 in the opening 30 minutes and owned a 10-2 ground ball advantage.
Sanders opened the second half with a goal 3:37 in to make it an 11-3 affair.
Philadelphia countered the early goal with six straight scores to move in front 17-3 with 9:12 to play.
The Rams finished the game with a 43-16 shot advantage and a +14 turnover differential (28-14).
Philadelphia travels to Kutztown for a non-conference contest on Friday, March 14 at 4 p.m.