Presidents Down St. Joseph's (NY) in ECAC Quarterfinals

WASHINGTON, Pa. Washington & Jefferson advanced to the ECAC Mid-Atlantic semifinals for the third consecutive year after topping St. Joseph's (Long Island) by a score of 9-7 on Wednesday afternoon at Alexandre Stadium.

The third-seeded Presidents (13-3) advance to one of Saturday's semifinals to take on the winner of tonight's No. 2 Marywood-No. 7 SUNY-Morrisville match. If Marywood wins, the Pacers will host the semifinals and championship game (Sunday). A SUNY-Morrisville victory would make W&J the host for the tournament's final four.

Top-seeded Lebanon Valley received a bye and will take on fourth-seeded Alvernia, a 22-9 winner this afternoon over fifth-seeded Neumann. Lebanon Valley declined hosting rights for the tournament.

Lisa Terry got the seventh-seeded Golden Eagles (9-9) on the scoreboard first with a goal just under three minutes into the match; however, W&J scored seven of the next eight goals to claim a 7-2 halftime advantage. Junior midfielder Brittany Fradkin (Owings Mills, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) netted two goals and added two assists in the opening 30 minutes for the Presidents.

Senior midfielder Brittney Oake (Bell Meade, N.J./Montgomery Prep) assisted on junior midfielder Kelsey Kraus' (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley) goal at the 3:32 mark of the first half which gave W&J a 4-2 lead. The assist, her 34th as a President, tied Oake for the W&J career school record. Kraus also scored with 2.7 seconds left in the first half to help W&J build the five-goal edge.

St. Joseph's trimmed the lead to 8-5 after another Terry goal with 10:32 remaining, but Oake scored three minutes later to up the advantage back to four. The Golden Eagles found the back of the net twice in the final three minutes, but that was as close as they would get.

W&J held a 26-19 edge in shots and grabbed 10 of 17 draw controls. Both teams committed 24 turnovers. Kraus led the Presidents with three goals, while Fradkin, Oake and junior attacker Megan Kelly (South Park, Pa./Seton-LaSalle) all contributed a pair.

Junior goalie Julia McLellan (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) made eight saves and recorded her 38th career victory. Senior defender Cayla Grodotzke (Merrick, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun) caused five turnovers to lead the W&J defense.

Caitlynn Webber led St. Joseph's with two goals and one assist. Erin O'Connor turned back seven shots in the loss.

Washington & Jefferson has never played Marywood or SUNY-Morrisville in its five-year history.


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