Philadelphia U. Claims CACC Title with Victory vs. Holy Family

PHILADELPHIA Philadelphia University outscored Holy Family 6-1 over the final 11:17 to earn the program's second CACC championship with an 18-14 victory on Sunday afternoon at Chestnut Hill College.

Philadelphia-the southern division champion and overall top seed-improves to 17-1 overall and it won the conference title for the first time since 2009. The Rams end the season with a program-record 17-match winning streak.

The Rams trailed 13-12 with 11:32 left in the match when Holy Family's (9-9) Nicole Braungart buried a free-position shot.

Midfielder Kristen Blye (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) started the championship-winning rally just 17 seconds later with her second goal of the afternoon to tie the score at 13.

The match remained tied until the 9:04 when midfielder Katelynn Parent (Millville, N.J./Millville) scored an unassisted goal to put Philadelphia in front, 14-13. Attack Lauren Hartman (Sewell, N.J./Our Lady of Mercy) took the match over as she scored three consecutive goals over a 3:51 snap to widen the gap to 17-13.

Holy Family got a late goal from Brianna Lancetta, with an assist from Brigit LaRose, to trim the Philadelphia lead to 17-14.

Parent closed out the scoring with her career-best fifth goal with 15 seconds left in the match.

Hartman led the Rams offensive with five goals and two assists. Parent had a solid game with six points (five goals, one assist), a career-best seven draw controls, three caused turnovers, and two ground balls.

Midfielder Libby Nichols (Ellicott City, Md./McDonogh), the CACC Tournament MVP, recorded three goals, two assists, a match-high 11 draw controls, four ground balls, and three caused turnovers.

Midfielder Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) had one goal, one assist, and three draw controls, while attack Allison Brian (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) and midfielder Elizabeth Seitzinger (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland) scored once.

Junior goalie Kristen Moran (Walden, N.Y./Valley Central) made eight saves in the victory.

Nichols, Mower, Brian, and Hartman were all named to the CACC Tournament Team.

Holy Family received seven points (three goals, four assists) from La Rose, while Lancetta scored five times. Paige Settar and Erin Harmer added two goals each.

Grace Deckert stopped 10 shots in the Tigers' net.

With the match tied at three, the Tigers got goals from Lancetta, Harmer, and LaRose to take a 6-3 lead with 3:09 left in the opening half. Seitzinger and Hartman scored in the final 1:15 to bring the Rams within 6-5 at the break. It was the second time all season that Philadelphia trailed at halftime.

Philadelphia opened the second half with six of the first seven goals, including two free-position goals from Nichols, to move ahead 11-7.

Holy Family answered back with a 6-1 run of its own, capped off by the Braungart goal.

Philadelphia outshot Holy Family, 40-24, and dominated in draw controls, 26-7.

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Philadelphia, Pa. - The Holy Family University women's lacrosse team came up short in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship game versus cross-town rival Philadelphia University by the score of 18-14 on Sunday morning on the Chestnut Hill College Campus Field.

Holy Family concludes its season at 9-9 overall, while Philadelphia improves to 17-1.

Junior Brianna Lancetta (Marlton, N.J./Bishop Eustace) led the Tigers with a game-high five goals to lead the offense. Lancetta converted 2 of 3 free position attempts and totaled two ground balls and caused a pair of turnovers.

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