Rams Charge Past Dominican

PHILADELPHIA Philadelphia earned its third win in a row and remained perfect in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) play as it defeated visiting conference foe Dominican (N.Y.), 16-8, on Ravenhill Field Saturday afternoon.

The Rams (5-3, 3-0 CACC) climbed out of a 2-1 hole as they found the back of the net six times in the final 17:28 of the opening half to take a 7-2 lead at the intermission. Junior attack Emily Ray (Bedminster, N.J./Bernards) started the surge with her only goal of the game at the 17:28 mark. A goal with 14:44 left in the half by sophomore attack Allison Brian (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) put Philadelphia back in front.

A pair of goals from junior midfielder Libby Nichols (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh), and one each from junior midfielder Carli DiCioccio (Bordentown, N.J./Northern Burlington) and freshman attack Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) helped pad the lead.

After Dominican (1-3. 1-1 CACC) opened the second half with a quick goal, Philadelphia, led by five goals from sophomore attack Elizabeth Marrosu (Flemington, N.J./Immaculata), went on a 9-1 run to extend the gap to 16-4. Sophomore midfielder Lauren Hartman (Sewell, N.J./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) netted three goals, while Mower completed her five-point day (three goals, two assists) with her third goal of the afternoon.

Nichols finished the afternoon with four points (two goals, two assists), seven draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers. DiCioccio ended up with three points (one goal, two assists), three ground balls, a pair of caused turnovers, and a draw control.

The Chargers got two goals and two assists from Allison Smithwick. Christina Brennan recorded two goals, one assist, four draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Brianna Blank added a pair of goals.

In net, Philadelphia sophomore Kristen Moran (Walden, N.Y./Valley Central) stopped seven shots, while Dominican's Brittany Kiernan posted five saves. The Chargers owned a 30-28 shot advantage.

After wrapping up its homestand at 3-0, Philadelphia will play the first of three straight road games on Tuesday, March 26 at Holy Family at 4:30 p.m.

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Dominican College lost their first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) game this afternoon after they fell to Philadelphia University, 16-8. Following the loss, the Lady Chargers are now 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the CACC, while the Rams improve to 5-3 overall and 3-0 in the conference.

The Rams struck first with a goal with 26:44 remaining in the first half, but the Lady Chargers charged back with two consecutive goals to take a 2-1 lead. Sophomore Gina Sparaco (Freeport, N.Y.) netted her fifth goal of the season on a free position shot and attacker Allison Smithwick (Commack, N.Y.) followed with her fourth goal of the year off the assist from Christina Brennan (Washington Township, N.J.), her seventh of the year.

The Rams closed out the remaining 20 minutes of the first half with a 6-0 run to take a 7-2 lead at the intermission.

DC got a goal back with 27:37 left in the game as junior attacker Brianna Blank (Point Pleasant, N.J.) scored her third goal of the year off the pass from Smithwick to make the score 7-3. Philadelphia then went on to score five straight to make the score 12-3, but Brennan broke the run with an unassisted goal with 14:24 on the clock.

Philadelphia tallied another four goals to be ahead 16-4, but the Lady Chargers closed out the game with a 4-0 run for the final 16-8 score. Brennan netted her second game goal, followed by Traci-Joan Muniz (Middlesex, N.J.). Smithwick went on to score a free position goal with 3:23 to play and Blank netted the game's final goal off the assist from Smithwick.

Smithwick led the Lady Chargers with two goals and two assists for four points. Brennan finished with three points (two goals, one assist), while Blank had two points. Goalie Brittany Kiernan (Clarkstown, N.Y.) made five saves in the loss.

Dominican is back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Georgian Court University.


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