PHILADELPHIA – For the first time this season, the Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team is in the win column after defeating St. Thomas Aquinas, 8-4, in a non-conference match Wednesday afternoon at the Salvation Army Kroc Center.
Six different players got into the scoring act for the Rams (1-3), who snapped a season-opening three-game losing streak. Samantha Ryder (Perkasie, Pa./Pennridge) and Isabella DiGnazio (Pittsburgh, Pa./Peters Twp.) both scored a pair of goals, while Sarah von Lange (Marroittsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy), Courtney Shaw (Langhorne, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie), Laura Dunne (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley), and Kathryn Avanzato (Lake Grove, N.Y./Sachem East) all added one goal.
Ryder recorded three of the Rams' four draw controls, while Madeline Haas (Blue Bell, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) posted four ground balls and two caused turnovers.
After the Rams and Spartans (1-6) traded goals in the opening 17:22, Philadelphia's offense came to life in the final 6:46 of the first half as the Rams found the back of the net three times to lead 4-1 at the break.
A Ryder free-position goal, her second tally of the afternoon, at the 6:46 mark allowed Philadelphia to regain a one-goal advantage. DiGnazio increased the lead to 3-1 with an unassisted goal with 3:35 still on the clock. Playing a man-up after a St. Thomas Aquinas yellow card, Shaw beat the halftime horn with her third goal of the 2017 to increase the advantage to three.
The momentum from Shaw's buzzer-beater carried over to the start of the second half as Dunne and von Lange scored in the first 10:40 to make it a 5-1 contest.
St. Thomas Aquinas put together a run during the middle stage of the second half, scoring three of the next four goals, to trim the gap to 7-4 with 11:11 left. Avanzato was responsible for the lone Philadelphia goal.
DiGnazio put the contest away with her fifth goal of the season, tying her for the team lead, at the 1:58 mark.
Caroline Finnen scored twice and added three ground balls and two caused turnovers to lead the Spartans. Jennifer Farrell and Alyson Brennan also had a goal.
In goal, Victoria Raimondi (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) turned in an eight-save performance in the Ram net for her first win, while Laura Delorenzo stopped four shots in a losing effort.
Philadelphia opens Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) on Saturday, March 25 against visiting Dominican (N.Y.) College at 4 p.m. on Ravenhill Field.