Gargiulo's Hat Trick not Enough; Warriors Fall at Widener

CHESTER, Pa. - Junior Grace Gargiulo (Branchburg, N.J./Immaculata) posted her sixth straight hat trick, notching three goals for Lycoming College , but Widener used an 11-goal first half to post a 14-4 win in Middle Atlantic Conference action on Saturday afternoon.

Gargiulo now has 30 goals on the season, averaging five per game for the Warriors (1-6 overall, 1-2 MAC) since her run of hat tricks began with four goals at Allegheny on March 9. Sophomore Brooke Strausser (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser Area) added the team's other goal on the afternoon.

Rachel Porter and Mellany Broomall each scored twice in the opening 15 minutes for the Pride (4-4 overall, 2-2 MAC), as Widener built a 5-0 lead before Gargiulo netted her first goal of the game. Porter added back-to-back goals after that, though, to keep Widener in control, as it took an 11-1 lead into the half.

In the second half, the Warriors matched the Pride with three goals a piece, as Gargiulo netted a pair of goals on free position shots early in the period to cut the lead to 11-3 before Julia Costello scored twice for Widener. Strausser added Lycoming's final goal with 9:45 left.

Gargiulo led the Warriors, picking up five groundballs and senior Hope Pappas (Upper Darby, Pa./Upper Darby) added three groundballs. Senior Meagan Pittius (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) added two caused turnovers and two groundballs and junior goalkeeper Kristina Maurer (Jim Thorpe, Pa./Marian Catholic) notched seven saves in net.

Porter led the Pride with five goals and an assist and Costello posted four goals and a helper. Jen Harnden posted three assists and Calina Walz notched four groundballs and two goals. Harnden and Sarah Hollywood each forced two turnovers. In net, Linda Salcedo stopped nine shots.

The Warriors host King's (Pa.) in a MAC contest on Wednesday, March 30, at 4:00 p.m. at the Shangraw Athletic Complex.

2011-03-26



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