April 20, 2010

Courtesy of Holy Family Athletics

A season after going 0-16 in its program debut, the Holy Family University women’s lacrosse team is headed to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship Tournament after defeating Chestnut Hill College, 16-10, on Sunday afternoon at Tiger Field.

The Tigers improved their overall record to 8-6 under first year head coach Sarah Lautenbach. In the CACC, Holy Family is 7-4. The team will be either the second or third seed when the tournament begins on Saturday, May 1 at Georgian Court College.

Attack Gina Mansi (so. Washington Twp., N.J/Washington Twp.) led the Tiger offense in the victory with six points (five goals, one assist). Midfielder Stephanie McNesby (fr. Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) and attack Jennifer James (jr. Philadelphia, Pa./Little Flower) both had five-point days. McNesby netted five goals, while James had four goals and one assist. Midfielder Katherine Podlinski (so. Cherry Hill, N.J./Camden Catholic) recorded two goals.

Chestnut Hill (4-10, 3-7 CACC) got seven points (six goals, one assist) from attack Maryanne Glass. Attack Carley Glass recorded two goals and two assists.

In goal, the Tigers Melissa Jenkins (so. Glenolden, Pa./Interboro) came up with seven stops. Cherise Bell stopped four shots.

Holy Family outshot Chestnut Hill, 27-24. The Tigers dominated the draw controls, 20-7. Defender Jessica Maloney (fr. Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) won five for the Tigers, a game-high.

Mansi single-handedly put Holy Family up 2-0 with a pair of unassisted goals in the first 95 seconds. The teams traded goals until McNesby and James scored back-to-back goals to give the Tigers a 6-3 lead with 8:46 left in the first half. The Griffins closed out the half with three of the final four goals to close the gap to 7-6 at the intermission.

Maryanne Glass scored consecutive goals, countering a McNesby score to open the second half, to knot the game at eight with 19:11 remaining.

The Tigers offense broke the game open, scoring seven of the next eight goals, to take a 15-9 lead with 3:47 to play. During the 7-1 run, Podlinski, Mansi and James all scored twice, while McNesby added the other tally. James ended the score with a free-position goal with 2:05 to go to produce the final margin.

Holy Family closes out the regular season with a home CACC contest against Philadelphia University on Saturday, April 24 at noon.