LYNDHURST, N.J. – A season-high 13 players scored a goal for the Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team as the Rams picked up a 25-2 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over Felician University Thursday night at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.
With the victory, Philadelphia (7-7, 5-3 CACC)—a winner of three in a row for the first time this season—sets up a crucial conference showdown with Caldwell on Saturday, April 22, the final day of the regular season, for a CACC Tournament first-round home game. The winner of the match is guaranteed a first-round home game while the loser will need outside help to start the tournament at home.
Kathryn Avanzato was the offensive leader in the victory with a career-high eight points (five goals, three assists). Shaw contributed six points (three goals, three assists) and led the defensive effort with five caused turnovers, five ground balls, and three draw controls.
Samantha Ryder and Isabella DiGnzaio both scored three times, while Sarah von Lange and Laura Dunne added two goals each. Ashley Lamey, Erin Eckert, Katie Gallivan, Liz Wissmann, Madeline Haas, Alyssa Matthews, and Anabelle DiStefano all had one goal. For Lamey, DiStefano, and Wissman, it was their first collegiate goal.
Behind two goals from Ryder and Avanzato, Philadelphia jumped out to a 7-0 lead after 8:30 of play. After Felician's Andrea Hill ended the Philadelphia run, the Rams came back with seven straight to increase the lead to 14-1. The surge featured two goals from Dunne and one from DiStefano and Lamey.
Hill and Shaw traded goals in the final 5:31 to make the score 15-2 at the half.
Philadelphia outscored Felician (0-8, 0-11 CACC) 10-0 in the second half. Avanzato scored three of the goals, while DiGnzaio added two.
Victoria Raimondi made two saves to even her record at 6-6. Megan Euler stopped 12 shots in the Golden Falcon net. The Rams owned a 44-6 shot advantage.