Washington & Jefferson Holds off Ramapo in ECAC Semis

MADISON, N.J. -- Junior Liz Turcik (Ligonier, Pa./Miss Halls School) scored with 4:13 remaining to help Washington & Jefferson hold off a late Ramapo (N.J.) rally and earn a 13-11 victory Saturday in the ECAC Division III Mid-Atlantic Region Women's Lacrosse Tournament Semifinals at FDU-Florham.

The win was the first postseason victory in the three-year history of W&J women's lacrosse. The second-seeded Presidents (13-3) advance to Sunday's championship game where they will meet the top-seeded and host FDU-Florham Devils at 11:00 am.

Ramapo, the tournament's No. 3 seed, held a 2-1 lead three minutes into the match, but the Presidents ripped off six consecutive goals to assume a 7-2 lead at the 10:27 mark. Junior Courtney Schrock (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks West) scored two goals during the run, while Turcik, sophomores Brittney Oake (Belle Meade, N.J./Montgomery) and Joanne Chojecki (Lake View, N.Y./Frontier Senior) and freshman Brittany Fradkin (Owings Mills, Md./St. Paul's SFG) all added goals.

The Roadrunners (10-8) narrowed the gap to 7-4 at halftime, but W&J scored three of the first four goals in the second half to up its advantage to 10-5 with 20 minutes left.

Ramapo netted three goals in a seven-minute span to trail by two, but W&J sophomore defender Cayla Grodotzke (Merrick, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun) stopped the spurt with a goal at the 12:52 mark. Ramapo answered again with three-straight goals to tie the game with 4:30 remaining. Colleen Steel forced the tie with her first goal of the game.

Turcik responded with her eventual game-winning goal just 19 seconds later and Grodotzke sealed the historic win with a goal two seconds before the final horn.

Schrock led the Presidents with four goals, while Turcik, Fradkin, Oake and Grodotzke all added two-goal efforts. Fradkin also dished out two assists. Freshman Julia McLellan (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) stopped 10 shots. The Presidents outshot the Roadrunners by a 35-24 margin and earned 15 of the match's 26 draw controls.

Amanda Barretta paced Ramapo with a four-goal effort. Megan Tierney suffered the loss despite making 12 saves. W&J has won 15 consecutive games away from Alexandre Stadium, including a perfect 11-0 mark this spring.


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