Alvernia Falls to Washington & Jefferson in ECAC

Reading, Pa. (May 11, 2011) - Sixth-seeded Washington & Jefferson (13-3) bettered #3 Alvernia University (11-8) by one goal in each half for a 12-10 win Wednesday evening in quarterfinal action of the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Championships at Schlager Memorial Field.

The Presidents got a game-high four goals from Lauren Novak while the Crusaders were led by three each from Alyssa Verrillo (North Wales, Pa./Archbishop Wood) and Alli Bainbridge (Pottstown, Pa./Pottsgrove).

W&J opened the scoring on a free position goal from Novak. The Presidents took advantage on five of their 11 free position opportunities while there Crusaders were good on two out of five attempts. Verrillo set up Bainbridge to knot the score at 1-1 just over four minutes into the game then W&J ran off three straight goals, the final two from Novak.

Alvernia answered with three of the final four goals of the first half--two from Verrillo and one from Bainbrige--to hit the break down 5-4.

Nora Walsh (Hatfield, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) scored the first goal of the second half to tie the score at 5-all, but W&J ran off four straight for a 9-5 lead with 16:51 to play.

Alvernia junior Sarah George (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) scored two goals separated by 1:10, but W&J sandwiched in a goal from Brittney Oake to hold a three-goal edge after George's second. Bainbridge followed on a free position goal to close to 10-8, but the teams alternated goals the rest of the way.

W&J will travel to top-seeded St. John Fisher for the Final Four this Saturday and Sunday.

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READING, Pa. -- Junior attacker Lauren Novak (Wexford, Pa./Pine Richland) scored four goals and sophomore goalie Julia McLellan (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) amassed 14 saves as sixth-seeded Washington & Jefferson recorded a 12-10 victory over third-seeded Alvernia Wednesday night in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Mid-Atlantic Tournament quarterfinals.

The Presidents (13-3) now advance to play second-seeded FDU-Florham in the semifinals Saturday at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. W&J and FDU-Florham met in last year's ECAC title match, won by the Devils 12-8 in New Jersey.

Novak scored three times in the opening 14 minutes to give the Presidents an early 4-1 lead. However, Alvernia scored three of the final four goals to trail 5-4 at intermission. Alyssa Verrillo and Allison Bainbridge both scored twice in the first half for the Crusaders (11-8).

Alvernia forced the first tie since early in the game with the first goal of the second half, but the Presidents exploded for four consecutive goals in an 11-minute span to take control. Novak opened the scoring burst 1:58 into the second half and senior attacker Courtney Schrock (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks West) followed six minutes later. Sophomore midfielder Brittany Fradkin (Owings Mills, Md./St. Paul's SFG) scored less than two minutes after Schrock and sophomore attacker Megan Kelly (Pittsburgh, Pa./Seton LaSalle) ended the run with a goal at the 16:51 mark.

Alvernia closed to within 10-8 on a Bainbridge goal with 11:45 left, but junior midfielder Liz Turcik (Ligonier, Pa./Miss Halls School) had the answer for W&J 27 seconds later. Verrillo closed the gap to two again with 8:06 left, but Fradkin buried a goal on a free-position attempt 35 seconds after. The W&J defense and McLellan held the Crusaders to one goal the rest of the way.

Junior midfielder Brittney Oake (Belle Meade, N.J./Montgomery) finished with three goals for the Presidents, while Turcik added a goal and one assist. Junior midfielder Kerri Nunnamaker (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) led the defense with five caused turnovers. W&J was outshot by a 33-31 margin, but converted five goals on 11 free-position shots.

Jennifer Czarnecki took the loss in the cage for Alvernia after making 11 stops in 51 minutes.


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