PHILADELPHIA – Freshman attack Laura Dunne (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) broke a 9-all tie with 6:01 remaining in regulation to lift the Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team to a 10-9 victory over Chestnut Hill and the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference regular season championship Wednesday afternoon on Ravenhill Field.
Philadelphia moved its winning streak to 10 as it improves to 12-4 overall and complete the CACC slate with a perfect 9-0 record. The Rams have won 10 in a row for the first time since ending the 2014 season with 17 straight victories.
The Rams will be the top seed for the CACC Tournament and will play an opponent to be determined in the semifinal round on Saturday, May 7 at Georgian Court.
Before the Rams turn their attention to the postseason, they will close out the regular season with a home match against 10th-ranked Dowling on Saturday, April 30 at noon.
On the sequence that led to the eventual game-winning goal, Isabella DiGnazio (Pittsburgh, Pa./Peters Twp.) found Dunne all alone at the left edge of the crease. Dunne—who scored two goals in the match—stuffed the ball inside the near post, beating Katie Joe Lang to put Philadelphia up by one.
Chestnut Hill (10-6, 8-1 CACC)—who had its nine-game winning streak snapped—had a couple of chances after the Dunne tally, but Julia Reinert fired high at 4:11 and Lea Sanders' free-position shot less than a minute later sailed well wide of the right post.
With the final horn looming, Philadelphia goalie Corrine Etter (Millville, N.J./Millville) came up with the biggest of her eight saves as she came out and stopped an Emorie Keimig shot attempt from point-blank range with five seconds left to seal the win.
Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) was Philadelphia's leading scorer with three goals and added two ground balls and a caused turnover. DiGnazio ended up with a three-point after as she scored twice in the first half and assisted on Dunne's game winner. She also had five caused turnovers and five ground balls.
After Keimig opened the scoring at the 19:36 mark, DiGnazio and Dunne scored twice over the next 2:24 to give Philadelphia its first lead of the day. With the match tied at four, DiGnazio found the back of the net with 7:00 left in the half to start a string of three straight goals, the other two coming from Mower, to put the Rams up 7-4 at the half.
Chestnut Hill opened the second half with three goals in the first 7:02 to tie the match at seven on Reinert's second goal of the afternoon. The teams would go back and forth trading goals over the next 15:13, leading up to Dunne's goal.
Julia Galantich, Hunter Leckonby, Keimig, and Reinert all had two goals each of the Griffins. Lang stopped 11 shots.