Women's lacrosse upended by Bloomsburg in season opener

Women's lacrosse upended by Bloomsburg in season opener

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – The Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team opened its 2017 season with a 9-4 non-conference loss to Bloomsburg University Friday night at Steph Pettit Stadium.

Sarah von Lange (Marriottsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy), Alyssa Matthews (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury), Samantha Ryder (Perkasie, Pa./Pennridge), and Erin Eckert (Warrington, Pa./Archbishop Wood) all scored for the Rams (0-1). Isabella DiGnazio (Pittsburgh, Pa./Peters Twp.) recorded two assists, while Laura Dunne (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) notched one assist.

Katie Gallivan (Kennett Square, Pa./Kennett) led the Philadelphia defensive effort with seven ground balls and a career-high seven caused turnovers. Courtney Shaw (Langhorne, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) added six ground balls, four caused turnovers, and three draw controls.

The Rams registered 23 caused turnovers, the most for the team in a single game since causing 25 turnovers in a 19-5 win at Dominican (N.Y.) College on April 20, 2008.

Brigid Kyne got the host Huskies off to a fast start, scoring the opening goal just 33 seconds into the match with an assist from Syndey Collins. Bloomsburg increased the lead to 2-0 five minutes later on an unassisted Tori Wigand tally.

Von Lange recorded her first collegiate goal and Philadelphia's first goal of 2017 at the 19:49 mark to pull the Rams within 2-1. DiGnazio assisted on the goal.

Bloomsburg led 4-1 at halftime as Hannah Jaskuta scored twice in the final 14:07 of the half.

After Kyne notched the first goal of the second half to widen the gap to four, the Rams answered back with consecutive goals to make the score 5-3. Matthews scored her first goal of the year at 27:53 and Ryder followed with her first goal two minutes later.

Bloomsburg sealed the game with three straight goals in an 11-minute span to increase its lead to 8-3. Eckert closed out the scoring for Philadelphia, with an assist from DiGnazio, as she found the back of the net with 3:46 left.

In addition to her two goals, Kyne added one assist, four draw controls, three ground balls, and one caused turnover.

Angela DiPasquale recorded nine saves to earn the win for Bloomsburg, while Victoria Raimondi (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) stopped four shots in her first collegiate game for the Rams.

Bloomsburg (1-0) owned a 22-19 shot advantage. Both teams struggled to take care of the ball as Bloomsburg committed 35 turnovers and Philadelphia turned it over 32 times.

Philadelphia will head to Long Island for a showdown with No. 4 LIU Post on Wednesday, March 8 at 3 p.m.