Women’s lax gearing up for playoff run

Matt Strout

Four different Quakers scored a pair of goals on Monday evening at Villanova Stadium as UPenn overtook the Wildcat lacrosse team, 16-5. The Quakers improved to 7-7 overall, 3-4 Ivy League, while Villanova fell to 8-7 on the season.

UPenn’s Traci Marabella began the scoring at the 27:53 mark of the first half, but the ’Cats answered right back five seconds later when senior Cecily Pierce beat Quaker goalkeeper Allison Harper to even the contest at one apiece. However, Penn then went on an 8-0 run and took a 9-1 lead into the half.

Bess Hanley, Meghan Carolan and Elizabeth Firth contributed second half goals for the ’Cats, but the rally was not strong enough as the Quakers netted seven more goals in the second half en route to a 16-5 win.

In goal for the Wildcats, Brandy Greneir stopped five shots, while Quaker goalie Harper made seven saves.

Last Saturday was a completely different ball game for the ’Cats when they defeated Bucknell in a Patriot League contest, 10-6. The win improved the Wildcats’ conference record to 4-2.

Bucknell struck first when Laura Seiboth netted an unassisted goal at the 5:47 mark. Villanova responded with three straight goals from Pierce, Sarah DePeters and Katie Mannix, and eventually took a 3-2 lead into halftime.

The story of the second half belonged to Carolan, who utterly dominated the Bison throughout the final 30 minutes of the game. Carolan scored four of the first five goals of the second half to give Villanova a 7-3 lead with 11:39 left to play in regulation.

After Bucknell answered back with three straight goals of its own to pull within a goal with 5:20 remaining, Carolan scored her fifth goal of the game to give the Wildcats a two-goal lead with 2:21 to play. Freshman Katie Komlo and Pierce added insurance goals to solidify the victory for the ’Cats.

In goal for Villanova, Greneir made eight saves and earned the victory.

Carolan’s outstanding performance earned her the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors. In the victory, Carolan became only the fifth player in Villanova history to surpass 40 goals in a season. Carolan leads all Patriot League scorers with 3.71 points per game, 2.86 goals per game and a 2.79 draw percentage.

Through April 14, Carolan was ranked 16 in Division I NCAA women’s lacrosse with 2.83 goals per game and 22 with 3.83 points per game.

This is Carolan’s first award of the season.

The Wildcats will be back in action and looking for their first ever Patriot League title when they face American University in the semi-final round of the Patriot League playoffs tomorrow.

The ’Cats will be playing at Lafayette College at 1 p.m. If Villanova wins the championship, they will earn the right to play in the NCAA Tournament.