Philadelphia Scores Final Two to Edge Holy Family

PHILADELPHIA Freshman attack Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) scored with 10:12 left in regulation to give Philadelphia a 10-9 victory over visiting Holy Family in a battle for first place in the CACC southern division Tuesday afternoon on Ravenhill Field.

Philadelphia improves to 6-3 overall and remains perfect in the CACC with a 4-0 mark. The Rams have won their last four matches. Holy Family is now 4-4 overall and 2-1 in the conference.

Trailing 9-8, junior attack Emily Ray (Bedminster, N.J./Bernards) tied the score with the last of her four goals at the 12:16 mark.

Junior midfielder Libby Nichols (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) recorded two goals and one assist in the opening 7:23 to help the Rams jump out to an early 4-0 lead. After trading a pair of goals, Holy Family got goals from Paige Settar, Erin Harmer, and Maria Mattiolli over the final 11:46 to close the gap to 6-5 at the half.

Settar started a back-and-forth second half with two goals to put the Tigers in the lead 7-6. The Rams got back-to-back goals from Ray and junior midfielder Carli DiCioccio (Bordentown, N.J./Northern Burlington) to regain the lead with 18:03 to go.

Holy Family went back in front at the 16:10 mark on a Stephanie McNesby tally.

DiCioccio finished the match with two goals, while sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Marrosu (Flemington, N.J./Immaculata) scored once. Mattioli netted three goals for the Tigers.

Freshman goalkeeper Felicia Branagan (Millville, N.J./Millville) stopped eight saves in the win for Philadelphia. The Tigers' Grace Deckert made seven stops. The Rams owned a 23-21 shot edge.

Philadelphia hits the road for a non-conference match at Queens (N.Y.) on Saturday, March 30 at noon.

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Philadelphia, Pa. - Philadelphia scored the game's final two goals as the Rams edged out Holy Family by the score of 10-9 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest Tuesday afternoon at Ravenhill Field.

Holy Family is now 4-4 overall and 2-1 in the CACC, while Philadelphia improves to 6-3 overall and 4-0 in conference action. The Rams snapped the Tigers 12-game regular season winning streak against conference opponents, which dated back to last season.

Senior Maria Mattioli (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Nazareth) and freshman Paige Settar (Mullica Hill, N.J./Clearview Regional) each scored a team-high three goals to lead the Tigers' offense. Settar's three scores marked a career-high as she has scored in three straight games.

Senior Stephanie McNesby (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) also tallied three points as she finished the game with two assists and one goal. She also controlled four draws. Sophomore Brianna Lancetta (Marlton, N.J./Bishop Eustace) led the team with five draw controls, while junior Marissa Lawson (York, Pa./Central York) recorded a team-high three ground balls to go along with a caused turnover on the defensive end.

For Philadelphia, junior Emily Ray led all scorers with four goals, including the game-tying goal late in the second half. Fellow classmates, Carli DiCioccio and Libby Nichols, each scored a pair of goals for the Rams. DiCioccio also recorded three ground balls and controlled two draws.

Holy Family trailed 6-5 at the half and gained the lead right away to start the second half after back-to-back goals by Settar within the first 2:38. Settar scored :59 seconds into the second stanza to tie the game and then gave the Tigers a 7-6 advantage at the 27:22 mark.

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