KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Junior attack Allison Brian (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) and sophomore attack Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) combined to score seven goals and dish out five assists as the Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team defeated host Kutztown 15-3 in a non-conference game Friday afternoon.
Brian scored a team-high five goals, including a natural hat-trick in the first half, and caused a pair of turnovers. Mower found the back of the net once in each half and recorded five assists, three draw controls, two ground balls, and caused one turnover.
Junior attack Elizabeth Marrosu (Flemington, N.J./Immaculata) netted three goals and picked up two ground balls. Senior attack Emily Ray (Bedminster, N.J./Bernards) contributed two goals while junior midfielder Lauren Hartman (Sewell, N.J./Our Lady of Mercy Academy), senior midfielder Libby Nichols (Ellicott City, Md./McDonogh), and sophomore attack Caroline Noebels (Hightstown, N.J./Hightstown) all scored once.
Senior defender Melissa Styer (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) led the Philadelphia (2-1) defense with five cause turnovers and three ground balls. Nichols added four caused turnovers, four ground balls and two draw controls.
Junior goalkeeper Kristen Moran (Walden, N.Y./Valley Central) stopped seven of the 10 shots on goal she faced in the opening 48:56 to earn the win (2-1). Freshman Maria Matteis (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills) turned aside two shots in the rest of the way.
Thanks to a 21-6 shot advantage and a lockdown defense that forced 17 Golden Bear (0-1) turnovers in the opening 30 minutes, the Rams owned a 9-0 lead at the half. It was the first time that Philadelphia shut out an opponent in a half since the Rams blanked Post in the first half of a 24-3 win on March 11, 2012.
The margin grew to 10-0 just three minutes into the second half on Marrosu's second goal of the day.
Taylor Stone, Taylor Sandin, and Sarah Holmes all scored for Kutztown.
JoAnn McLaughlin played 45:11, stopping 13 of the 26 shots on goal that came her way. In the final 14:49, Abby Cox made two saves.
Philadelphia finished the game outshooting Kutztown 35-13. The Rams also enjoyed a 29-17 ground ball advantage.
The Rams return to action on Saturday, March 15 with a non-conference game at Penn Charter High School. Game time is 2:30 p.m.