DiGnazio nets five as women's lacrosse defeats Georgian Court

DiGnazio nets five as women's lacrosse defeats Georgian Court

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team opened Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) play with its best offensive performance of the season, scoring a season-high 15 times in a 15-11 victory over visiting Georgian Court Wednesday afternoon on Ravenhill Field.

Isabella DiGnazio (Pittsburgh, Pa./Peters Twp.) had a great day for the Rams (4-4, 1-0 CACC)—winners in three of their last four matches—as she tied her career high of five goals, won four draw controls, picked up two ground balls, and caused one turnover.

Elizabeth Seitzinger (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland) returns to the Philadelphia lineup after a three-match absence to record a hat trick and two ground balls. Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) had a five-point afternoon with two goals and three assists, while Kathryn Avanzato (Lake Grove, N.Y./Sachem North) tallied two goals, one assist, three ground balls, and one caused turnover.

Trailing 2-1 after the first of four Silvetta Agosto goals at the 23:50 mark, Philadelphia got its offense going with five straight goals in a 10:48 span to open up a 6-2 cushion. Mower tied the match with 17:48 left in the first half with an unassisted goal. Just over 1:30 later, Seitzinger scored her first goal of the day, with an assist from Avanzato, and put the Rams back in front, 3-2.

DiGnazio added a pair of goals, with an Avanzato tally sandwiched in between, and gave Philadelphia a four-goal lead with 7:44 remaining.

After Georgian Court (0-8, 0-1 CACC) rattled off three straight goals and closed within one, Avanzato converted a free-position shot 54 seconds before halftime to extend the gap to 7-5.

Georgian Court would score two of the first three goals to start the second half, but a run of six Philadelphia goals, from five different players, allowed the Rams to put the match away. Alyssa Matthews (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) got things started with a free-position goal at 22:56 and was followed by Mower and DiGnazio goals scored in quick succession. Seitzinger added two tallies and Katie Parent (Millville, N.J./Millville) got into the scoring column—to go along with three ground balls, two draw controls, and one caused turnover—to complete the surge.

The Lions, led by two Kayanna Chandler goals, outscored the Rams 4-1 over the final 3:46.

Callie Brown contributed two goals and a match-high seven draw controls for Georgian Court, while Melissa Williams had one goal and assisted on four first-half goals.

Corrine Etter (Millville, N.J./Millville) started the game as an attack, but moved into the goal—replacing an injured Felicia Branagan (Millville, N.J./Millville) at the 16:25 mark of the opening half. Etter finished the match with a career-high 10 saves, three ground balls, and one caused turnover.

Georgian Court's Stephanie Lehner made 14 saves in the Lion net.

Philadelphia heads to Post for a CACC match on Saturday, April 2 at noon.