Swarthmore Drops CC Nail-Biter to Haverford

SWARTHMORE, Pa. In a nail-biting game, Swarthmore (10-6, 4-5 CC) ended on the losing side as the visiting Haverford Fords (13-4, 7-2 CC) won 17-14 on Saturday afternoon at Clothier Field.

With the loss and Washington College's victory at McDaniel, the Garnet is out of the Centennial Conference playoffs.

Prior to the game, seniors Nicole Vanchieri, Catie Meador, Annalise Penikis and Beth Martin were honored for their four years of commitment, loyalty and leadership to the program. The Class of 2013 has been a key component to the growth and success of the program over the past four years.

Penikis led all scorers with seven points on five goals and two assists. Junior Corinne Sommi notched four on five shots on goal and Vanchieri finished with three goals. Martin and junior Lucy Whitacre each tallied one to round out the Garnet scorers.

Megan Gallagher with five goals and Diana Perry with four tallies in the victory led the Fords. Kenny Likes, Perrin Downing, Dayna Perry and Hannah Morgan each notched two goals.

In goal, Shannon Horn made six saves to collect the victory for Haverford. Swarthmore used all its keepers with junior Michelle Ammerman given the decision in the loss. Ammerman made two saves.

After three straight goals from Swarthmore the game was tied 11-11 with just over 22 minutes remaining in the game goals came from Martin, Sommi and Penikis. The score held until 18:25 when the Fords began a five-goal run to take a 16-11 lead at 11:07. Megan Gallagher whom scored five in the game and Dayna Kim each tallied two during the stretch. The Garnet scored the final three of four goals including two free position tallies from Vanchieri - but it wasn't enough to regain the lead.

At the break, Haverford held a 9-7 advantage in a very close first half. After 30 minutes of action, the Fords held an edge in shots (13-11) and ground balls (9-5) and the Garnet were perfect in clears (4-4) and controlled 9 of 17 draws. Both teams were perfect at the free position mark.

Swarthmore opened the game with goals off of all three shots put on net for an early 3-1 lead at 27:12. Penikis scored three of her five goals in the opening 10 minutes of play as the Garnet stayed ahead by a 5-3 score. The Fords turned up the heat, responding with five straight goals including three from Perry - to take a lead that was never surrendered. Sommi collected two goals for the Garnet to head into halftime down by a 9-7 score.

An unfortunate end for the Swarthmore women's lacrosse team did no justice to a very strong season. After starting the season 7-1 for its best kick-off since 2006 and beginning Centennial Conference play 2-0 for the first time since 1997, the Garnet continued to reach new milestones throughout the season with players entering the program record books and Head Coach Karen Borbee reaching 200 career victories.


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