Second half stumble costs women's lacrosse in loss to Dominican (N.Y.)

Second half stumble costs women's lacrosse in loss to Dominican (N.Y.)

PHILADELPHIA --- The Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team had its 11-game Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) regular season winning streak snapped after falling to Dominican (N.Y.) 20-12 in its conference opener Saturday afternoon on Ravenhill Field.

The Rams (1-4, 0-1 CACC) led 9-7 at the half, but surrendered 13 goals in the second half on 19 shots.

Dominican (2-3, 2-0 CACC) scored twice during the opening minute of the second half to even the score at nine. Kathryn Avanzato (Lake Grove, N.Y./Sachem North) put the Rams back in the lead at the 27:38 mark with the second of her team-high four goals. Alyssa Matthews (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) notched an assist on the go-ahead goal.

Then, the Chargers flexed their offensive muscle and ran off seven straight goals over a 10-minute span to take a 16-10 advantage. Shayne Gallagher recorded three of her four goals during the surge. Alayna Heegan, who scored a game-high five times, added a pair of goals.

Avanzato briefly stopped the Dominican momentum as she posted two of the next three goals to draw Philadelphia within 17-12 with 5:51 left. The Chargers came back to score the final three goals of the match.

Philadelphia overcame a six-goal first-half deficit to own the lead at halftime. After giving up the first six goals of the match in the opening 16 minutes, the Rams went on a 9-1 run the rest of the half.

Samantha Ryder (Perkasie, Pa./Pennridge) got the Philadelphia offense going with the Rams' first goal of the match. Playing a player down because of a yellow card, Philadelphia scored three times in that two-minute span to claw within 6-4. Laura Dunne (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley), Avanzato, and Ryder all scored during the disadvantage.

The Rams took the lead on an unassisted Sarah von Lange (Marriotsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) goal at the 6:28 mark of the opening half to give Philadelphia its first lead of the day (7-6). With the score tied at seven, Erin Eckert (Warrington, Pa./Archbishop Wood) scored on a man-advantage and von Lange found the back of the next in the final 2:23 of the half to give the Rams a two-goal lead.

In addition to her two goals, von Lange had five draw controls, four ground balls and one assist. Jenna Fox tallied six points (three goals, three assists), four draw controls, three ground balls, and one caused turnover for Dominican.

The Rams' Victoria Raimondi and the Chargers' Cara Moran both stopped 11 shots.

Philadelphia heads to Holy Family for a CACC contest on Tuesday, March 28 at 3:30 p.m.

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