Rams Fall to Holy Family in CACC Championship Game

LAKEWOOD, N.J. Philadelphia University ended its 2013 season with a 12-10 loss to Holy Family in the championship match of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament Sunday afternoon at Georgian Court University.

Philadelphia finishes the season with a 14-5 overall record, the most wins for the program under fifth-year head coach George Chis-Luca. The Rams won the CACC southern division.

Holy Family improves to 13-5 and won its second consecutive conference title.

Freshman attack Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) scored four goals and dished out on assist for the Rams. Mower finished the tournament with 11 goals-including the game-winner against Dominican (N.Y.) on Saturday-and two assists and was named the tournament's most valuable player.

Junior midfielder Libby Nichols (Ellicott City, Md./McDonough) recorded two goals, one assists, five draw controls, four caused turnovers, and two ground balls. Junior defender Melissa Styer (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) contributed a goal and three ground balls. Both players were selected for the all-tournament team.

Sophomore midfielder Lauren Hartman (Sewell, N.J./Our Lady of Mercy) posted two goals and one assist, while sophomore attack Allison Brian (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) scored once.

The Tigers received four-point efforts from Maria Mattioli (three goals, one assist) and Stephanie McNesby (two goals, two assists). Brigit LaRose added a hat-trick, while Paige Settar scored twice.

Grace Deckert made 10 saves in the Holy Family net, while Philadelphia's sophomore goaltender Kristen Moran (Walden, N.Y./Valley Central) recorded five stops.

The Rams owned a 22-21 shot advantage.

Philadelphia took a 3-0 lead just than 10 minutes into the contest on goals from Brian, Mower, and Styer. The Rams enjoyed a 5-2 lead until LaRose, McNesby, and Setter all found the back of the net in the final 10:47 of the half to tie the match-up at five.

After Mattoli opened the second half scoring at the 22:14 mark, Philadelphia answered with a pair of Mower tallies and a Nichols goal to reclaim a two-goal lead at 8-6. With the match tied at eight, Hartman scored an unassisted goal with 7:52 remaining to put the Rams back in the lead, 9-8.

Holy Family came back with a string of three consecutive goals-one each from LaRose, Settar, and Mattioli-to take an 11-9 lead. Hartman was able to pull the Rams within one with her second goal of the match with 1:05 left on the clock.

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Lakewood, N.J. - Holy Family defeated cross-town rival Philadelphia University by the score of 12-10 to claim the 2013 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship Sunday afternoon at the Georgian Court University Track & Field Complex.

The win marked the second straight season Holy Family won the CACC Title as the Tigers conclude the season on a six game-winning streak at 13-5. The team's last loss was versus Philadelphia less than three weeks ago. The Rams conclude the year at 14-5 overall after a perfect conference regular season to win the South Division Regular Season Title.

Seniors Maria Mattioli (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Nazareth) and Stephanie McNesby (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan), along with junior Brigit LaRose (Lumberton, N.J./Holy Cross), sophomore Brianna Lancetta (Marlton, N.J./Bishop Eustace) and freshman Paige Settar (Mullica Hill, N.J./Clearview Regional) were all named to the CACC All-Tournament team for their performances during this year's tournament.

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