PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's lacrosse team (1-4, 1-0 CACC) grabbed its first win of the season over local conference rival Chestnut Hill (2-3, 0-1 CACC) on Tuesday evening from Ravenhill Field by a final of 18-11.
Jefferson was led by the performance of senior Kathryn Avanzato who scored a game-high six goals and dished out a game-high six assists in the effort. The 12-point day now places her at the top of the Jefferson leaderboard with 16 points through five games.
Junior Laura Dunne notched two goals with four assists in the victory.
Jefferson scored the first seven goals on Tuesday to take a 7-0 lead midway through the first half. Avanzato accounted for four of those early goals while assisting on two, having her hand in six of seven.
Chestnut Hill scored their first with 11:21 to play and tacked on another three while Dunne and Sullivan scored to help give the Rams a 10-4 lead at halftime.
The Rams scored three of the first four goals to start the second half to go up 13-5 with 23:22 left in regulation.
The Griffins then recorded three straight in a 96-second period to cut the Rams' edge to five, the closest they would get in the affair.
Ryder (17:00), Dunne (15:03) and sophomore Erin Eckert (14:39) added goals in a short time frame to keep the pace for Jefferson.
A yellow card for Jefferson led to a man-up Chestnut Hill goal with 9:00 left in the tilt, 16-11. But Sullivan scored two late goals to complete her hat trick and secure the game for the Rams.
Sophomore Victoria Raimondi (W, 1-2) made nine saves in goal as she earned the win.
Jefferson Women's Lacrosse hosts NYIT on Thursday, March 29 at 4:30 p.m. from Ravenhill Field before welcoming Queens (N.Y.) on Saturday, March 31 at noon.