BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – Senior attack Alyssa Matthews (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) scored a career-high four goals for the Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team in a 13-7 loss to No. 4 LIU Post Wednesday afternoon in Bethpage Stadium.
In addition to Matthews' four goals, Samantha Ryder (Perkasie, Pa./Pennridge), Isabella DiGnazio (Pittsburgh, Pa./Peters Twp.), and Courtney Shaw (Langhorne, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) all found the back of the net for the Rams (0-2).
The Pioneers (2-1) offensive attack overwhelmed the Rams during the opening 14 minutes as LIU Post staked itself out to a 7-0 advantage. Connor Bird scored two of her three goals during the early surge, while Stefani Vagelatos recorded both of her goals.
Matthews broke the LIU Post momentum with her first goal of the afternoon at the 14:42 mark with an assist from DiGnazio. With the score holding steady at 7-1, Shaw scored for the first time in 2017 at the 4:33 mark to pull the Rams within 7-2.
Bird and DiGnazio traded goals in the final 65 seconds for the opening half to make the score 8-3 at the break.
After surrendering the first two goals of the second half, the Rams bounced back with three straight goals—the first from Ryder and the next two by Matthews—to close the gap to 10-6 with 12:23 still to play. The Pioneers sealed the game in the last 5:51, scoring three of the final four goals. Matthews completed her four-goal afternoon, with the help of DiGnazio's second assist of the day, at the 5:03 mark.
DiGnazio and Shaw led the defensive effort with two caused turnovers each, while Erin Eckert (Warrington, Pa./Archbishop Wood) and Madeline Haas (Blue Bell, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) both picked up two ground balls.
Vagelatos had a team-high four points after notching two assists to go with her two goals. Bird also contributed five draw controls and four caused turnovers.
Victoria Raimondi (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) stopped a career-high 11 shots in the Philadelphia net. Olivia Kirk recorded eight stops for LIU Post.
Philadelphia opens its home schedule on Friday, March 10 against No. 6 West Chester at 3 p.m. on Ravenhill Field.