Recaps of the D1, D2, D3 IWLCA North-South All-Star Games

Shots: North 25, South 21
Draws: North 12 (Reilly 4), South 17 (Dugan 6)
Ground balls: North 9, South 3
Turnovers: North 6, South 12
Caused turnovers: North 8, South 1
8m attempts: North 2, South 5

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Division III

TCNJ's Jilian Nealon scored four goals to lead all players, helping the South to an 11-10 victory in the 2013 IWLCA North-South All-Star game, held today at Cabrini College. The senior from TCNJ scored twice in the first half and had consecutive goals in the second half to pace her squad. Guilford's Elizabeth Mettler had three saves, including one in the final 10 seconds, to help the South hold off the North.

Nealon opened the scoring for the game, scoring in the opening minute to give the South a 1-0 lead. The North scored back-to-back goals to take the lead, but the South's Cecilia Kjellman (Messiah) tied the game off an assist from Rowan's Shannon O'Brien. The North went up by two as Babson's Jamie Spang converted consecutive feeds from Kaitlin Hildebrand (Trinity), putting their squad up 4-2.

The South closed the half with four consecutive goals, starting with a marker from Washington College's Molly Shipley off an assist from Kailee Beal (Montclair State). Nealon tied the game just over a minute later with an individual effort at 14:05. Both teams went through a nine-minute scoring drought before the South's Kim Wayson (York) took a feed from Gettysburg's Lindsey Robinson and scored to give the South back the lead at 4:52. A goal by F&M's Maggie Mae Shields gave the South their first two-goal lead at 6-4 with 2:55 left in the half, and the teams entered the break with that score.

The North's Shelby Vakiener (RIT) won the opening draw of the second half and scored 15 seconds into the period to draw the North within one. Nealon then scored her third and fourth goals of the game less than a minute apart; first on a solo effort and then by batting in a feed from behind the cage, courtesy of Robinson as the South took an 8-5 lead.

The North responded with a 4-0 run of their own, starting with a draw control by the North's Alyssa Johnston (Nazareth) that led to a goal by Ithaca's Tracy Rivas 45 seconds after Nealon's fourth. Spang won the ensuing draw and RPI's Alissa Peterson pulled her side within one. An 8-meter goal by Cortland's Maria DiFato six minutes later tied the score at 8-8, and Peterson scored her second goal of the game off a feed from Sarah Brown (Brockport) to give the North their first lead since 4-3 with 11 minutes to play.

Messiah's Maddie Comfort from the South won two consecutive draws to spark her team; the first one led to a goal by Annalise Penikis (Swarthmore) to tie the game; the second led to a goal by Salisbury's Kara Koolage off an assist from Paige Messersmith (McDaniel) to give the South a one-goal lead with eight minutes to play.

Shields won the draw for the South and the squad went into a patient offensive set before Kjellman scored her second goal of the game to give the South an 11-9 lead with 1:30 to play in regulation. The South won the draw, but they turned the ball over and DiFato scored a transition goal, converting a feed from Rivas to pull within one with 36 seconds remaining.

The North's Vakiener won the draw and took it to the cage, but her shot was saved by Mettler, and the South held on for the victory.

Eleven different players notched a point in the contest for the South, Nealon (4g), Kjellman (2g) and Robinson (2a) as the only players from that side to record more than one point.

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2013-05-28



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