Holy Family Upends Georgian Court in 2OT in CACC Semifinal

Lakewood, N.J. - Senior Maria Mattioli (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Nazareth) scored the game-winning goal with 35.2 seconds showing on the clock in the second overtime to send Holy Family to the CACC championship final with a 15-14 victory over Georgian Court Saturday afternoon at the GCU Track & Field Complex.

Holy Family, winners of five straight games, improves to 12-5 overall, while Georgian Court concludes its season at 8-8-1. The win marked the Tigers fifth straight victory over the Lions dating back to last season. Holy Family will now face top-seeded Philadelphia University in the CACC Championship Final on Sunday. The Rams defeated Dominican College, 13-12, in their semifinal match-up earlier in the day.

Sophomore Brianna Lancetta (Marlton, N.J./Bishop Eustace) led Holy Family with four goals on the afternoon. She also dished out an assist to finish with five points and controlled five draws. Senior Stephanie McNesby (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) and junior Brigit LaRose (Lumberton, N.J./Holy Cross) each scored three goals in the victory. McNesby also added a pair of assists to finish with five points.

Senior Jessica Maloney (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) led the team with three ground balls and caused a turnover, while freshman Paige Settar (Mullica Hill, N.J./Clearview Regional) finished with two ground balls and a team-high two caused turnovers.

For Georgian Court, seniors Corinne Coyle and Olivia Rotunno each finished with four points. Coyle recorded two goals and two assists, while Rotunno led the team with four goals. Junior Stephanie Gallo also recorded four points after scoring three goals and assisted on another.

Mattioli's free-position shot turned out to be the biggest goal of the game sending the defending champions back to the championship game with 35.2 seconds remaining in the first part of the second overtime period.

After a scoreless first overtime period, Mattioli's sudden victory goal was the only score in extra time.

Georgian Court forced overtime after scoring the final three goals of regulation after the Tigers led 14-11. A goal by Rotunno with :17 seconds left in the second half tied the game at 14-14.

Holy Family trailed 7-3 early in the first half, but began chipping away at the Lions' lead to come within one goal heading into halftime.

The Tigers scored two goals in the final 1:24 of the first half to make the score 9-8 in favor of Georgian Court. Freshman Erin Harmer (Philadelphia, Pa./Nazareth Academy) came through with a free position score with 1:24 on the clock, while LaRose capped the first half scoring with a goal with seven seconds left until halftime.

Freshman goalkeeper Grace Deckert (Jarrettsville, Md./Fallston) made five saves in net for the Tigers after facing 24 shots by the Lions. Holy Family outshot Georgian Court, 34-24, including 5-1 in overtime. Sophomore Amanda Cathcart made nine stops for the Lions.

Holy Family will face Philadelphia in the CACC Championship Final on Sunday, April 28 as the Tigers will be appearing in their third championship game in five years. Game time is slated for 12:00 p.m. at the Georgian Court Track & Field Complex.


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