Tigers Defeat Lions to Return to CACC Finals

Philadelphia, Pa. - Holy Family will be returning to the CACC title game for the third straight year after defeating Georgian Court, 18-11, in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon at Chestnut Hill.

Holy Family, winners of seven of its last eight games, improves to 9-8 overall this season. The Tigers will be advancing to their third straight CACC Championship game and fourth overall in the team's six-year history. Holy Family will face the top-seed from the South Division, Philadelphia University, in a rematch of last year's title game. The Tigers defeated the Rams, 12-10, to win back-to-back championships.

Georgian Court concludes its season with a 13-5 overall record.

Four players scored multiple goals for the Tigers, including sophomore Paige Settar (Mullica Hill, N.J./Clearview Regional) who led all scorers with five goals. Senior Brigit LaRose (Lumberton, N.J./Holy Cross) and junior Brianna Lancetta (Marlton, N.J./Bishop Eustace) each scored four goals, while sophomore Nicole Braungart (Medford, N.J./Bishop Eustace) added three scores.

Lancetta finished the game with five points (4G/1A) and five draws. LaRose led the way with six total points (4G/2A). Junior Sarah Kelly (Washington Twp., N.J./Washington Twp.) led the game with eight draw controls as Holy Family held the edge in draws, 18-13. The Tigers are one of the top teams in the conference when it comes to draw controls totaling 258 draws this season; second most in the CACC.

Sophomores Melissa Williams and Callie Brown led the Lions in scoring with three goals a piece. Williams totaled a team-high six points after adding three assists to her goal total. Brown finished with a team-high seven draw controls. Senior Molly McCourt registered a pair of goals on the afternoon.

Holy Family opened with the game's first two scores to take an early 2-0 lead. However, Georgian Court countered with three straight scores to take a 3-2 advantage by the 22:58 mark of the half. The Lions went on to take a 5-4 lead after back-to-back 'man-up' scores by McCourt and Williams.

Trailing by one score with less than ten minutes to play in the first half, LaRose tied the game at 5-5 as the Tigers took advantage of a Georgian Court yellow card. From there, Holy Family scored three more times to extend its lead to 8-5 in the final two minutes.

Georgian Court tacked on a score with 1:15 to play in the half cutting the Tigers lead down to 8-6 entering halftime.

In the second half, Holy Family opened with three straight scores to extend its lead to the largest of the game to that point by an 11-6 margin. The Tigers received three unanswered goals by junior Christina Bonomo (Ephrata, Pa./Ephrata), Braungart and Lancetta.

Georgian Court would come within three scores (13-10) of the lead when Brown connected on a goal with 10:37 to play in regulation. That would be as close as the Lions would get as Holy Family responded with four goals over the next eight-plus minutes to take a 17-10 led. Settar scored three of the team's goals in that span, while Kelly added the other goal.

Holy Family outshot Georgian Court, 34-23, for the game as sophomore goalkeeper made five stops on only 16 shots on goal by the Lions.

The Tigers also held the advantage in ground balls (10-8) and draw controls (18-13). The Holy Family offense only turned the ball over eight times for a new season-low. The Tigers' defense forced 11 turnovers.

Holy Family will look to become the first team to win three straight CACC titles on Sunday, April 27 as the Tigers face Philadelphia in the conference championship game. Both teams will face-off at 11 p.m. on the Chestnut Hill Campus Field. Holy Family is 6-2 all-time in the CACC Tournament and is 2-1 in the conference finals.


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