Mattioli, McNesby help Holy Family top Philadelphia U. in CACC championship
LAKEWOOD, N.J. -- Holy Family defeated cross-town rival Philadelphia U. 12-10 to claim the 2013 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship on Sunday at the Georgian Court University Track & Field Complex.
The win marked its consecutive CACC title as the Tigers concluded their season on a six game-winning streak.
Seniors Maria Mattioli and Stephanie McNesby, along with junior Brigit LaRose, sophomore Brianna Lancetta and freshman Paige Settar were all named to the CACC All-Tournament team for their performances during this year's tournament.
Mattioli and LaRose each led the Tigers with three goals in the win. McNesby and Settar also scored multiple times with two goals apiece. Settar also picked up two ground balls and caused a turnover.
Senior Jessica Maloney led the team with three ground balls and caused a turnover on the defensive side.
For Philadelphia, freshman Liz Mower led the team with four goals to go along with an assist. Nichols finished the game with two scores to go along with a pair of ground balls and four caused turnovers. Melissa Styer added a goal and three ground balls.
Holy Family trailed 4-1 early on after Philadelphia opened the game with three consecutive scores. Later in the half, Holy Family went on to score four of the final five goals of the half to tie the game at five entering halftime.
LaRose scored a man-up goal with 10:47 to play in the first half and was followed by another man-up score by McNesby at the 5:33 mark to cut the lead to one goal.
Settar came through with a free-position shot to tie the game before intermission.
In the second half, Holy Family grabbed the lead for the first time after Mattioli scored a man-down goal off a free-position shot to give the Tigers a 6-5 lead at the 22:14 mark.
However, Philadelphia recaptured the lead after a 3-0 run, including two free-position scores by Mower to give the Rams an 8-6 lead.
The Tigers regained the lead on 4-0 run for an 11-9 advantage with less than three minutes to play.
Freshman Nicole Braungart started the rally with her first score of the game at the 8:36 mark and was followed minutes later with the game-tying score by LaRose to make the score 9-9.
A minute later, Holy Family took the lead on Settar's second score of the game with 3:16 showing on the clock. The Tigers added another goal on a Mattioli score.
With 1:05 to play in regulation, Philadelphia cut the lead to one after sophomore Lauren Hartman scored her second goal of the game.
On the ensuing possession, the Holy Family defense forced a turnover with 24 seconds left on the clock and went the length of the field as LaRose tacked on the game's final score with 1.6 seconds showing on the clock to seal the victory for the Tigers.
Freshman goalkeeper Grace Deckert made 10 saves for the Tigers.
Philadelphia had a slight edge with 15 ground balls, while the Tigers picked up 11. Holy Family controlled the draws by an 11-7 margin.
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