Balanced attack gets women's lacrosse past Holy Family 20-11

Balanced attack gets women's lacrosse past Holy Family 20-11

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team won its seventh consecutive contest after picking up a 20-11 victory over Holy Family in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) match Thursday afternoon on Tiger Field.

Philadelphia improves to 7-1 overall and remains perfect in conference play with a 5-0 record. Holy Family is now 2-5 overall, 2-2 against the CACC.

Sophomore attack Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) led the Rams with eight points (four goals, four assists), six draw controls, and two ground balls.

Junior midfielder Lauren Hartman (Sewell, N.J./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) tied her season-high with five points (four goals, one assist) and added four ground balls. Senior midfielder Libby Nichols (Ellicott City, Md./McDonough) scored four times, had nine draw controls, and picked up five ground balls. Grad student midfielder Kristen Blye (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) contributed four points with two goals and two assists.

Junior attack Allison Brian (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) recorded a hat-trick, while junior attack Elizabeth Marrosu (Flemington, N.J./Immaculata), sophomore defender Katelynn Parent (Millville, N.J./Millville), and freshman midfielder Maureen Gallo (Farmington, Conn./Farmington) added a goal.

Erin Harmer contributed three goals to lead the Tigers. Nicole Bruangart, Brianna Lancetta, and Brigit LaRose scored two goals each.

Grace Deckert made 13 saves for the Tigers in the loss (2-5). Junior goalkeeper Kristen Moran (Walden, N.Y./Valley Central) came up with five saves for the Rams (7-1).

Trailing 2-1 after Braungart's first goal of the match at the 20:45 mark, Philadelphia tied the game on a Parent unassisted goal and then took a 5-2 lead when Hartman rattled off three straight goals.

Holy Family came back with three of the contest's next four goals to cut the Philadelphia lead to 6-5 on a LaRose tally with 9:03 left in the half.

Nichols found the back of the net on a free-position shot at the 7:53 mark and scored again with 2:04 to play in the half to put the Rams back up by three (8-5). Mower and Blye extended the cushion to 10-5 with goals in the final 1:33.

Nichols opened the second half with her third goal of the afternoon just 48 seconds in to make it an 11-5 affair.

The Tigers got as close as 11-8 thanks to a pair of goals from Harmer and one from Kelly.

Philadelphia put the game out of reach with seven of the game's next eight goals, capped off by Brian's third goal at the 6:05 mark, to storm ahead 18-9.

The Rams heavily outshot the Tigers 44-18, 24-8 during the opening 30 minutes. Philadelphia was strong on draw controls, 23-9, and owned a 36-27 ground ball advantage.

Philadelphia returns to Ravenhill Field to start a three-game home stand with a CACC match against Chestnut Hill on Monday, March 31 at 4:30 p.m.