WILMINGTON, Del. – Senior midfielder Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) recorded a career-high eight goals and a season-best 11 points as the Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team won its seventh in a row, defeating Wilmington (Del.) 22-4 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) match on Tuesday.
The Rams improved to 9-4 overall and remain perfect in CACC play at 6-0. With the win, Philadelphia has not only secured a place in the CACC Tournament, but a first round bye as well.
Philadelphia—who set a season high in scoring—wasted little time getting out to a 1-0 lead as Laura Dunne scored the first of her three goals just 56 seconds into the match. Dunne's tally was the beginning of seven straight Ram goals over the opening 13:12. Five different Rams scored during the run, led by two goals each from Mower and Katie Parent.
After a Sara LeBrun free-position goal at the 16:24 mark broke the string, Mower scored the first of four consecutive Philadelphia goals with a free-position marker with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Elizabeth Seitzinger and Courtney Shaw also scored during the surge, which Mower capped off with her fourth goal of the half.
Philadelphia led 12-2 at the half.
Mower scored completed her eight-goal afternoon with four goals during a string of nine straight Philadelphia goals that extended the margin to 21-2. Samantha Ryder scored two times in the run, while Alyssa Matthews and Dunne added a goal apiece.
The Wildcats (3-10, 3-4 CACC) scored two of the final three goals over the last 3:16.
Kathryn Avanzato had a five-point day with one goal and two assists. Isabella DiGnazio () added one goal two assists, five ground balls, four caused turnovers, and three draw controls. Courtney Shaw also found the back of the net twice.
Gabby Spalt and LeBrun both scored twice to the Wildcats' offense.
Corrine Etter () stopped six shots to notch her eighth win of the season (8-1). Wilmington's Maddie Hurm recorded 14 saves.
Philadelphia heads to Dominican (N.Y.) for a CACC showdown on Friday, April 22 at 5 p.m.