GEORGIAN COURT AND PHILADELPHIA TO PLAY FOR CACC WOMEN'S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (April 30, 2011) – Top seeded Georgian Court University and No. 2 Philadelphia University are set to meet for the 2011 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Women's Lacrosse Championship Sunday afternoon after notching semi-final victories on Saturday. The game is set to begin at 12:00 pm on the Georgian Court campus.
The Lions earned a spot in their third straight title game by defeating No. 4 Dominican College, 22-7, while the Rams upended No. 3 Holy Family University, 19-12. Georgian Court is looking for its second straight championship, having earned the 2010 crown with a dominating win over Holy Family. Sunday's match-up will be a re-match of the 2009 CACC Championship match, which was won by Philadelphia.
In the first game of the day, Dominican (7-9) led by a 2-1 score after Brianna Blank's tally at 27:30 before the Lions would rattle off 12 unanswered goals to take a commanding 13-2 advantage. GCU would enter the half leading 15-4.
The GCU seniors led the way as Ryan McGrath collected eight points (five goals, three assists) and Jillian Hadfield fired home five goals of her own. Shannon Mastrogiovanni contributed five points (three goals, two assists) while Alley Abbate contributed in four scores. Daryl Carr led all players with six assists. Goalkeeper Jennifer Molzon earned her first career postseason victory as she denied nine Dominican shots in 60 minutes of action. The Lions (14-4) will put their 14-game winning streak on the line in Sunday's championship game.
Philadelphia (11-6) advanced to the title game behind junior midfielder Caribeth Shappell
Trailing 6-4 in the first half, the Rams went on an 8-0 run that carried into the second half, including two scores from Shappell and two from freshman midfielder Carli DiCioccio to take a 12-6 lead at the 27:55 mark in the second. The Rams led 11-6 at the half. PhilaU junior attacker Taylor Peltzer contributed a goal and one assist in the run and had five points on the day. Junior middie Kalin Hodel contributed six points for the Rams and had one goal and two assists in the second half.
Rookie goalie Cory Lombardo made eight saves for the Rams, while HFU's Melissa Jenkins had 10 saves for the Tigers.
2011 CACC Women's Lacrosse Tournament
Semi-Finals, Saturday, April 30 at Georgian Court
#1 Georgian Court 22, #4 Dominican 7
#2 Philadelphia 19, #3 Holy Family 12
Championship, Sunday, May 1 at Georgian Court
Georgian Court vs. Philadelphia - 12:00 pm