First half surge carries women's lacrosse past Dominican (N.Y.)

First half surge carries women's lacrosse past Dominican (N.Y.)

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – The Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team rattled off seven straight goals during the early stages of the opening half and used that momentum to defeat Dominican (N.Y.) College 22-16 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) match Sunday afternoon.

With the victory, Philadelphia runs its winning streak to eight as it improves to 10-4 overall and 7-0 against the CACC. Dominican dips to 3-11, 3-5 in conference play.

Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) followed up her 11-point performance in the Rams' last match with another 11 points on Sunday, scoring eight times and dishing out three assists. Kathryn Avanzato (Lake Grove, N.Y./Sachem North) had a career day as she scored a career-best six goals and had two assists.

Isabella DiGnazio (Pittsburgh, Pa./Peters Twp.) filled up her stat line with four goals, one assist, seven draw controls, four caused turnovers, and three ground balls. Laura Dunne (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) added a hat trick.

With the match tied at one, Dunne scored her first goal of the match, assisted by Avanzato, at the 26:31 mark to spark the 7-0 run. The spurt lasted for nearly 10 minutes as Dunne—who scored all three of her goals during the run—scored the final goal with 16:40 left in the half to put the Rams ahead 8-1. Mower also had three goals, while DiGnazio added one.

The Chargers fought back, scoring three of the match's next four goals to cut the Rams' lead to 9-4 on a Shayne Gallagher free-position goal at 11:34. Dominican would get as close as 11-7 on a Katie Dascher tally with 7:07 left.

Philadelphia scored twice in the final 4:40 of the half to lead 13-7 at the break.

After Dominican recorded the first two goals of the second half, the Rams outscored the Chargers 7-2, including four Avanzato tallies, over a 13:33 stretch to move ahead by nine (20-11). Avanzato capped off her six-goal half with back-to-back goals at 6:06 and 2:41 to take a 22-15 lead.

Gallagher and Amber June both scored four times to lead the Chargers. Haliann Fitzgerald recorded three goals and three goals while Dascher added three goals.

Corrine Etter (Millville, N.J./Millville) recorded two saves in the Philadelphia net to pick up her ninth win of the year. Brittany Kiernan stopped 12 shots for the Chargers. The Rams outshot the Chargers 40-21.

Philadelphia has a three-game home stand to end the regular season, starting on Monday, April 25 against Felician University at 4:30 p.m.