PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team let a late lead slip away as the Rams fell to visiting Wilmington (Del.) University, 16-15 in overtime, in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference match Wednesday afternoon on Ravenhill Field.
Isabella DiGnazio (Pittsburgh, Pa./Peters Twp.) scored back-to-back goals just 41 seconds apart, as part of a six-goal, one-assist afternoon, to give Philadelphia (4-7, 2-3 CACC) a 14-11 lead. Erin Eckert (Warrington, Pa./Archbishop Wood) completed her hat-trick with 5:04 left in regulation to widen the margin to four. Kathryn Avanzato (Lake Grove, N.Y./Sachem North) recorded her fifth assist of the day on Eckert's last goal.
Then, the Wildcats (5-9, 3-4 CACC) went on a frantic comeback, scoring four times in the final 3:30 of the second half to tie the score at 15. Lashay Ross, who scored six times for Wilmington, had three of the four goals—including the tying goal with 1:21 remaining.
In the overtime session, Wilmington won the draw control and went into the Philadelphia defensive zone where La'Dae Boykin capped off a four-goal game with the match-winning with just 11 seconds coming off the clock.
Philadelphia started the second half down 5-4, but scored eight of the first 10 second-half goals to grab a 12-7 left with 17:35 to play. Courtney Shaw (Langhorne, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie), Samantha Ryder (Perkasie, Pa./Pennridge), and DiGnazio all scored twice, while Laura Dunne (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) and Eckert added one each. Avanzato assisted on three of the eight goals.
Led by two goals from Boykin, Wilmington ran off four in a row to trim the Philadelphia lead to 12-11.
Sarah von Lange (Mariottsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) added a goal and an assist for the Rams.
Philadelphia won a season-high 24 draw controls, 11 by Ryder.
In her first collegiate match in goal, Philadelphia's Alyssa Matthews (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) stopped six shots, all in the first half. Wilmington's Maddie Hurm recorded 10 saves. Philadelphia owned a 36-25 shot advantage—23-12 in the second 30 minutes.
Philadelphia travels to Holy Family for a CACC match on Saturday, April 15 at noon.