Philadelphia Holds off Kutztown

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. Senior attacker Gina Carmina (Flanders, NJ/Mt. Olive) notched her second hat-trick of the season on Tuesday afternoon as Kutztown fell to Philadelphia University 9-6 in the first game of a four-game road trip.

The hat-trick lifts Carmina to 14 goals this season, one shy of her career-high of 15 set last season. Freshman Brielle Dickey (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) had her second multi-goal game of the season with two for the Golden Bears (2-10). Senior Katie Feairheller (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City) also found the back of the net against the Rams (11-4).

Defensive efforts made by the Golden Bears helped them get out to a 2-0 lead in the first eight minutes of play. 38 seconds after a failed clear attempt by Philadelphia, Dickey scored for Kutztown off a pass from Rosa Buffolino (Monroe Twp., NJ/Monroe Twp). Off another Philadelphia turnover and 56 seconds later, Carmina found the back of the net off an assist from Dickey.

The Rams tied the game at 2-2 midway through the first half with two goals by Allison Brian. Kutztown's transition game worked well shortly after to give it back the lead. Following a save by JoAnn McLaughlin (Cape May, NJ/Lower Cape), Kutztown pushed the pace forward and successfully moved the ball into Philadelphia territory. Cara Lord (Media, PA/Penncrest) found Feairheller at the 12:05 mark to give Kutztown a 3-2 lead.

Brian scored twice more for Philadelphia in the final five minutes of the half to give it a 4-3 lead over the Golden Bears at halftime.

Dickey scored her second goal of the game as the teams traded goals in the opening 1:15 of the second half. Philadelphia scored two in a row following Dickey's goal to put Kutztown in a 7-4 deficit with 14:44 to play, forcing a timeout.

Kutztown's Jillian Spencer (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) grabbed the draw control coming out of the timeout that led to Carmina's second goal of the game off an assist from Feairheller just 19 seconds after the timeout.

With less than 11 minutes to play, Philadelphia's Liz Mower scored twice within a two minute span to extend the Rams lead to 9-5. Carmina closed out the scoring for Kutztown with an unassisted goal with 3:05 to play, her third goal of the game.

McLaughlin made eight saves in net for the Golden Bears. Spencer led KU with four ground balls in the midfield, followed by Taylor Stone (West Babylon, NY/West Babylon) with three and Marisa Kalodner (Havertown, PA/Haverford), Kelsey Halligan (Havertown, PA/Haverford), and Randy Vite (Highland Mills, NY/Monroe-Woodbury) each with two. Dickey and Spencer also had two caused turnovers apiece.

Brian was Philadelphia's top scorer with five goals on nine shots. Allison Cassidy and Libby Nichols each had four ground balls as Nichols also had six draw controls. Kristen Moran picked up the win in net for the Rams with five saves.

The Golden Bears remain on the road and look to get back in the win column with two games this weekend beginning on Friday, April 20 at Indiana (PA) at 3:00 p.m. They also play Lock Haven on Saturday, April 21 at 3:00 p.m.


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