April 23, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

STEPPING UP: Adelphi junior goalkeeper Caitlin Fitzpatrick – the Division II leader in goals against average -- surrendered a season-high 11 goals against Dowling College on April 22, but tightened up in the second half as the Panthers posted the 14-11 come-from-behind victory.

Fitzpatrick notched nine saves for the game, and allowed just three goals after intermission as the top-ranked Panthers rallied from a 7-4 halftime deficit to remain unbeaten on the year.

The native of Port Washington, N.Y., entered the game with a 3.63 GAA and the nation’s top save percentage of .703.  The most goals Fitzpatrick had previously allowed in a game this season was eight in a 16-8 victory over Stonehill on April 11.

SAINTLY PLAY: Limestone College’s Katie Ilott garnered Most Valuable Player of the Conference Carolinas Tournament as she sparked the Lady Saints to their third league title in the last four years.

The junior midfielder played a major factor in all aspects of the Lady Saints’ three wins last week, beginning with a goal and an assist in a 23-2 win over Converse.  Ilott went on to contribute a hat trick and four draw controls against St. Andrews in tournament play, and capped off the week with two goals, three ground balls and three draw controls in the title game as Limestone avenged their only loss of season against Belmont Abbey.  She also combined for two caused turnovers in the tournament, increasing her team-leading total to 17.  Ilott, a native of Whitby, Ontario, was also named to the WomensLacrosse.com weekly honor roll for her efforts.

Third-ranked Limestone will finish the season with a pair of non-conference games against Rollins and Dowling.

CHARGING THROUGH:  The University of New Haven snapped an 86-game Northeast-10 Conference winning streak that Stonehill College had built for nine years with a 10-9 defeat of the then-No. 8 Skyhawks on April 15.  Since ending Stonehill’s streak, the Chargers have reeled off four straight victories and moved up to No. 8 in the latest IWLCA Division II poll.
Freshman goalkeeper Maureen Spellman was selected WomensLacrosse.com Division II Rookie of the Week for posting a .591 save percentage, while allowing just 20 goals over the three games.  Her week was highlighted by 15 saves against the Skyhawks.

New Haven, which topped Southern Connecticut State 21-5 on April 21, closes the regular season at Assumption College on April 25 as the Chargers look to remain in contention for the NE-10 regular season title.

TITLE TALK: No. 4 Lock Haven claimed the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division regular season title with a 19-16 overtime defeat of seventh-ranked Gannon University on April 22.  LHU also earned the top seed in the PSAC Tournament, which it will host beginning April 24.

Junior Leigh Titus netted three goals in the contest, including the game-tying score with 19 seconds remaining in regulation.  The native of Towaco, N.J., entered the game ranked 18th in the nation with 3.56 goals per game.

RAM RECOGNITION:  Philadelphia University junior goalkeeper Katherine Sullivan was selected Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Player of the Year after leading the Lady Rams to an 8-2 record against league opponents.

The native of Mt. Laurel, N.J., entered the week ranked seventh in the nation with a .511 save percentage, and then notched 11 saves in an 18-5 win over Dominican on April 22 to conclude the regular season.

Philadelphia is the No. 2 seed in the CACC Tournament, and will face Chestnut Hill in the semifinals on April 25 at host Georgian Court University.