Alvernia Routed by #12 Messiah in MAC Semifinals

Grantham, Pa. (May 5, 2011) - Fourth-seeded Alvernia University (11-7) opened up an early 2-1 lead, but Messiah scored five straight and 10 of the next 11 on its way to a 23-5 win Thursday afternoon in a Middle Atlantic Conference women's lacrosse semifinal at Messiah.

The Falcons, the top seed in the tournament, will host second seeded Elizabethtown in Saturday's final. Alvernia returns home to await its second straight ECAC appearance.

Messiah won the game's opening draw and took just eight second off the clock before the first goal. Alvernia answered with tallies from Megan Corrigan (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown) and Alli Bainbridge (Pottstown, Pa./Pottsgrove) for a 2-1 lead nearly four minutes in.

The Falcons scored back-to-back fast break goals off draws to take a 3-2 lead then stretched it to 6-2 before the Crusaders tallied their third goal, an unassisted goal from junior Sam Landis (Watsontown, Pa./Warrior Run). Messiah again ran off five straight and held a 15-4 lead at halftime.

Messiah then scored eight of the nine goals in the second half for a 23-5 win. Alvernia split time in net between Jenn Czarnecki (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Hubert) and Vicky Kearn (Merrick, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun). They combined for 13 saves. Taylor Phillips turned aside nine shots for the Falcons.

Alvernia will find out on Monday if it qualifies for the ECAC South Tournament.


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