DiGnazio scores seven as women's lacrosse secures home game with win over Caldwell

DiGnazio scores seven as women's lacrosse secures home game with win over Caldwell

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team will open the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament at home after a strong half allowed the Rams to end the regular season with an 18-13 victory over Caldwell University on a rainy Saturday afternoon on Ravenhill Field.

Philadelphia—the winner of the last two conference tournaments—finished the regular season on a four-game winning streak and improved its overall record to 8-7. The Rams are the number three seed after posting a 6-3 CACC mark.

The Rams welcome Wilmington (Del.) University to Ravenhill Field for the opening round on Tuesday, April 25 at 3:30 p.m. In the regular season, the Wildcats scored the final five goals to defeat the Rams 16-15 in overtime on April 12 in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia broke the game during the middle stages of the first half to extend its one-goal lead to 11-4 with 6:09 left in the half. Isabella DiGnazio (Pittsburgh, Pa./Peters Twp.) scored three of her match- and career-high seven goals during the match-defining surge. Alyssa Matthews (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) added two of her four goals, while Kathryn Avanzato (Lake Grove, N.Y./Sachem North) bookended the run with goals at 20:49 and 6:09.

Arden Kassahleh and Pamela Scheneck scored on free-position shots for Caldwell's two goals during the run.

Caldwell recorded four of the first five goals in the second half to trim the Philadelphia lead to 13-10 with 15:31 remaining in the match. Mariah Wynn, Jessica Collum, Maryellen McCarthy, and Kassaleh recorded the Cougar goals.

Laura Dunne (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) settled the Rams down with back-to-back goals in a 90-second span to push the lead back up to five (15-10).  Dunne finished the match with three goals and three assists.

After Scheneck made the score 15-11, Matthews put the match away with consecutive goals that Philadelphia regain a six-goal advantage with 7:44 left.

In addition to her seven goals, DiGnazio racked up two assists, six draw controls, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers. Courtney Shaw (Langhorne, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) added a goal, four draw controls, two ground balls, and one caused turnover. Madeline Haas (Blue Bell, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) caused four turnovers and picked up three ground balls.

Kasslaeh led Caldwell (7-8, 5-4 CACC) with five goals and five draw controls. Schenck had three goals, two draw controls, and three goals balls.

In goal, Victoria Raimondi (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) stopped seven shots to get the win for the Rams, while the Cougars' Elizabeth Ruedemann made 13 saves. Philadelphia owned a 40-24 shot advantage.