All Three Philadelphia Schools Post A Victory
A clean sweep by the locals for the games scheduled on Sunday. Villanova rallied to defeat UConn in overtime on a breakaway goal by Brittany Bruno. The Temple winning streak reaches 6 games as they topped ECU. La Salle set a season-high in goals scored at St. Bonaventure, their biggest offensive output since 2007.
Villanova 13 UConn 12 (OT)
The Wildcats found themselves down three goals at halftime in the last home game of the season, and by two with less than two minutes remaining. Villanova rallied. Haley Driscoll scored with 1:46 on the clock. The assist went to Katie Comerford who scored the tying goal at the 34 second mark. Bruno assisted, then in overtime took a pass from Alexa Tsahalis at midfield. Bruno ran towards the goal then let the game-winning shot go. Comerford and Bruno scored a team-high 3 goals each. Comerford assisted three times and Bruno twice. The Wildcats put the ball on net 12 times after intermission compared to 6 by the Huskies. Grace Goon found the back of the net 4 times and Stephanie Palmucci registered 3 goals for UConn (5 – 3) who falls into a second place tie with Georgetown. Villanova is 4 – 4 in the Big East and has a two-game lead over Marquette for the final postseason spot. Nova plays first place Denver next weekend while Marquette plays sixth place Butler. Nothing is yet decided, but the Wildcats have a grip on fourth place.
Temple 11 ECU 6
The winning streak for the Owls extends to 6 games as they sweep the weekend series at home with the Pirates. The Cherry and White improve to 6 – 2 in the American. ECU took a 2 – 1 lead. The Owls struck back with 3 consecutive goals to take a 4 – 3 lead at halftime. Temple took the second half 7 – 3. Belle Mastropietro and Bridget Whitaker scored 3 goals to lead the team. Abaigeal Ryan recoded 2 goals. The leader is assists was Mackenzie Roth with 4. Overall, the Temple record is 10 – 3, so each win is important foe their postseason aspirations.
“This was a big goal of ours to win both games this weekend,” said Temple Coach Bonnie Rosen. “It keeps us moving forward in so many ways and it’s certainly nice to win on Senior Day as well, but from a big picture standpoint it keeps us in the hunt and for potentially being considered for at large down the stretch in the NCAA tournament and that is really, really, important.”
The regular season concludes next weekend at Vanderbilt.
La Salle 22 St. Bonaventure 5
The Explorers set a season-best for goals scored getting 22 in Olean. The team snapped a 3-game losing streak. The La Salle (4 – 8, 2 – 5) scoring leader in the game with 5 goals was Madi McKee giving her 17 for the season. She also assisted once. Team leading goal scorer Annina Iacobucci netted 4 goals. Emily Johnston, second in goals scored, had 3. Two goals and two assists. Overall, 8 Explorers got a goal. Two games remain on the schedule for the Blue and Gold as they meet Penn in a city game, then close the season hosting Duquesne.
Written By: Glenn Papazian