Balanced attack carries women’s lacrosse to 20-7 win at Caldwell

Balanced attack carries women’s lacrosse to 20-7 win at Caldwell

VERONA, N.J. – Twelve Rams found the back of the net as the Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team picked up its 10th consecutive win by defeating Caldwell 20-7 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference match Thursday afternoon on Centennial Field.

Philadelphia improves its overall record 10-1 and stays perfect in conference play at 8-0. This is the first time in program history that the Rams have strung together 10 straight victories.

Freshman midfielder Isabella DiGnazio (Pittsburgh, Pa./Peters Twp.) recorded her first collegiate hat trick, one assist, three draw controls, and two ground balls to lead the Rams in the victory.

Junior attack Lauren Hartman (Sewell, N.J./Our Lady of Mercy) and grad student midfielder Kristen Blye (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) tallied two goals and two assists.

Senior midfielder Libby Nichols (Ellicott City, Md./McDonogh) and junior attack Allison Brian (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) both scored twice and added an assist. Nichols also posted nine draw controls and four ground balls, both match highs.

Junior attack Elizabeth Marrosu (Flemington, N.J./Immaculata) and senior attack Emily Ray (Bedminster, N.J./Bernards) had two goals apiece.

Junior midfielder Allison Cassidy (Oceanside, N.Y./Oceanside), freshman attack Taylor Bisceglia (Farmington, Conn./Farmington), freshman midfielder Maureen Gallo (Farmington, Conn./Farmington), sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Seitzinger (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland), and senior defender Ellen Wright (Salem, Va./Salem) all scored once.

For Caldwell (0-8, 0-8 CACC), Kirsten Whitt scored a match-high four goals and added four draw controls. Courtney Donlon pitched in with two goals, two assists, three ground balls, two draw controls, and caused one turnover.

In goal, Philadelphia freshman Maria Matteis (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills) stopped three shots in her first collegiate start to earn her first win (1-0). The Cougars' Adria Ostafi made seven saves in the loss (0-5).

The Rams stormed out of the gate, scoring eight times in the opening 10 minutes to jump out to an 8-0 lead. Seven players scored during the charge, including two goals from DiGnazio.

After goals from Whitt and Victoria Grzelak cut the Philadelphia lead to 9-2, the Rams closed out the first half with six goals over the final 11:07 to take a 15-2 lead at the break.

Philadelphia's lead grew to 18-2 on Marrosu's second goal of the match with 22:28 left to play.

The Rams outshot the Cougars 29-12, 22-3 in the first 30 minutes.

Philadelphia travels to Connecticut to take on Post in a CACC match on Sunday, April 13 at noon.