Mansi Leads Holy Family to Win over Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA Attack Gina Mansi (so. Washington Twp., N.J./Washington Twp.) set the program record for goals in a game with six to help the Holy Family University women's lacrosse team defeat Philadelphia University, 14-12, in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest on Saturday at Tiger Field.

Holy Family wraps up its regular season with an overall record of 9-6 and a CACC mark of 8-4. The Tigers secured the second seed in the CACC Championship Tournament that gets underway on Saturday, May 1 at Georgian Court University. Holy Family will face either Wilmington (Del.) University or Philadelphia in the semi-final.

Attack Jenn James (jr. Philadelphia, Pa./Little Flower) scored four goals in the victory. Attack Stephanie McNesby (fr. Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) recorded three points (two goals, one assist), while midfielder Jamie-Lynn Wallace (gr. Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth) added two goals.

After scoring her six goals, Mansi moves into the team lead in goals (44) and points (51). She passes James, who has 43 goals and 49 points.

In goal, Melissa Jenkins (so. Glenolden, Pa./Interboro) recorded 15 saves, including numerous big saves on free-position shots in the late going.

Holy Family never trailed during the course of the contest. Mansi recorded a hat-trick to the early charge that put the Tigers ahead 4-0 in the first seven minutes.

The Rams closed the gap to 6-4 with 13:26 left by scoring two goals separated by 26 seconds. Holy Family reestablished a fou--goal advantage on scores by James (2:09 left) and Mansi (1:51 left).

In the second half, the teams traded a pair of goals to keep the Tigers up by four (12-8) with 25:06 to play.

Philadelphia threatened by coming up with three straight goals to close the gap to 12-11. Leading 13-12, James put the game away by converting a free-position shot with 1:12 on the clock.

For Philadelphia (7-9, 6-5 CACC), attack Kathleen Maurer and midfielder Kalin Hodel had hat-tricks. Goalie Kathleen Sullivan recorded 14 saves.


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