WEST CALDWELL, N.J. – Elizabeth Seitzinger (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland) scored five goals and Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) dished out five assists to lead the Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team to a 17-4 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over Caldwell Wednesday afternoon on West Essex Field.
Seitzinger got Philadelphia (8-4, 5-0 CACC) off to a fast start, scoring three of the Rams' first four goals in the opening 11:53. Kathryn Avanzato (Lake Grove, N.Y./Sachem North)—who had two goals and three assists—was the other Ram to find the back of the net.
Avanzato kept the run going with an unassisted goal at 17:16. Philadelphia increased the advantage to 7-0 midway through the opening half on goals by Courtney Shaw (Langhorne, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) and Mower.
After Caldwell (4-6, 4-2 CACC) cut the Philadelphia lead to 8-2, Seitzinger got the Rams back on track with her fourth goal of the half and started a 5-0 run over the final 10:01 to put Philadelphia up 13-2 at the break. Mower, Caroline Noebels (Hightstown, N.J./Hightstown), Katie Parent (Millville, N.J./Millville), and Samantha Ryder (Perkasie, Pa./Pennridge) all scored during the surge.
The Rams carried momentum from the strong finish of the opening half over to the second, scoring the first four goals to widen the margin to 17-2.
Laura Dunne (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) opened the second-half scoring, with an assist from Mower, with 1:35 gone. At the 25:10 mark, Mower converted a free-position shot to cap her eight-point afternoon. Seitzinger scored her fifth goal with 21 minutes remaining and was followed by an Alyssa Matthews (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) tally 4:07 later.
Caldwell got late goals from Emily Fey and Jessica Minuto.
In addition to her first-half goal, Ryder recorded a match-high nine draw controls. Isabella DiGnazio (Pittsburgh, Pa./Peters Twp.) returned to the lineup after a three-match absence and contributed three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Jaid Mark (Pottstown, Pa./Pottsgrove) added three ground balls.
Pamela Schenck had three ground balls, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers for Caldwell.
In goal, Corrine Etter (Millville, Pa./Millville) made five saves for Philadelphia, while Caldwell's Elizabeth Ruedemann stopped 14 shots in the opening 47:05.
Philadelphia returns home to face Felician in a CACC match on Saturday, April 16 at noon.