PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's lacrosse team (3-6, 2-1 CACC) dropped its first conference game of the season when the Georgian Court Lions visited Ravenhill Field on campus Friday afternoon. The Lions defeated the Rams 15-9.
Senior Kathryn Avanzato and freshman Camryn Sullivan led the Rams with three goals and one assist each for four-point days. Sophomore Sarah von Lange notched a pair of goals and tallied an assist. Sophomore Erin Eckert also recorded her 10th goal of the season in the loss.
Avanzato now has 97 career goals and has a chance to reach the 100-goal mark on Sunday as the Rams celebrate Senior Day against Bloomsburg (7-3).
Georgian Court controlled the conference affair early, jumping out to an 8-3 advantage with under 13 minutes to play in the first half. Avanzato scored the first goal for Jefferson at 24:48 on an assist from von Lange before Sullivan capitalized on a free-position opportunity with 19:35 remaining. Junior Laura Dunne found Eckert for the Rams' third goal with 17:46 on the clock.
Jefferson got back in the game with three-straight goals from von Lange (11:00), Sullivan (8:31) and Avanzato (4:48) to get within two, 8-6. Both teams scored two more goals in the final four minutes of the first half as the Lions led the Rams at the break, 10-8.
Jefferson could not catch Georgian Court in the second half as the Lions scored five goals to the Rams' one in the final 30 minutes of action.
Three-straight GCU goals to start the second half gave-them a five-goal edge, 13-8.
Sullivan completed her hat trick with 14:12 to play before the Lions tallied two late goals, 15-9.
Victoria Raimondi (L, 3-4) made 11 saves on the day.
GCU outshot Jefferson 30-22 while scoring on 9-of-14 free-position shots, which made the difference in the game. The Lions also won the draw control battle, 17-9.
Jefferson Women's Lacrosse continues its four-game homestand on Sunday, April 8 with nonconference opponent Bloomsburg. First draw is set for 1 p.m. but the Rams will be honoring their three seniors (Kathryn Avanzato, Samantha Ryder, Liz Wissmann) for Senior Day around 12:45 p.m.