Shaw, Avanzato lead women's lacrosse to 15-9 win at Chestnut Hill

Shaw, Avanzato lead women's lacrosse to 15-9 win at Chestnut Hill

LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. – Courtney Shaw (Langhorne, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) and Kathryn Avanzato (Lake Grove, N.Y./Sachem North) both found the back of the net four times to lead the Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team to a 15-9 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over Chestnut Hill Tuesday night at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School.

In addition to her four goals, Avanzato dished out three assists to finish with a match-high seven points. Shaw filled up her stat line with two assists, four ground balls, four draw controls, and one caused turnover.

Philadelphia (6-7, 4-3 CACC) was holding on to a 9-6 lead with 22:56 left in the match after a goal by the Griffins' Lea Sanders. Shaw's final goal of the evening came just over two minutes later and started a run of six straight Philadelphia goals that gave the Rams a 15-6 lead at the 8:42 mark. Avanzato recorded three of the six goals, while Sarah von Lange (Marriottsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) and Samantha Ryder (Perkasie, Pa./Pennridge) added a goal each.

Chestnut Hill (5-9, 5-3 CACC) closed out the match with the final three goals. Spencer Fitzgerald recorded two of her team-high three goals during the last 7:26.

Isabella DiGnzaio (Pittsburgh, Pa./Peters Twp.) bookended a 4-0 Philadelphia first-half run (6-7, 4-3 CACC), scoring two of her three goals to snap a two-all tie and give the Rams a 6-2 lead.

Ryder finished the match with two goals, while Erin Eckert (Warrington, Pa./Archbishop Wood) added the first goal of the second half. On the defensive side, von Lange picked up four ground balls and one caused turnover and Katie Gallivan (Kennett Square, Pa./Kennett) had three ground ball and caused a turnover.

Victoria Raimondi (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) returned to her position in front of the Philadelphia net after a two-match absence and stopped eight shots in the victory.

Hunter Leckonby contributed two goals, four draw controls, four caused turnovers, and two ground balls for Chestnut Hill. Katie Joe Lang had five saves.

Philadelphia heads to Felician for a CACC match on Thursday, April 20 at 6 p.m.

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