DU Lacrosse Tops Host St. Joseph's, 11-6
April 29, 2005
Philadelphia, Pa. - Duquesne's lacrosse team returned to the winners' column Friday with an 11-6 victory over host Saint Joseph's at Finnesey Field. Junior Kelly Mulford topped the Dukes' scoring with four goals. Senior Ginger Flocco added three goals and an assist and sophomore Jennifer Lorenze scored two goals while assisting on another score. Senior Sarah Pacini recorded 12 saves.
Friday's win raised the Dukes' record to 11-3, 5-1 in Altantic 10 play, thereby tying George Washington (13-3, 5-1) and Temple (9-6, 5-1) for first place in league competition. The Dukes and Colonials complete the regular season in Philadelphia on Sunday, May 1, 2005.
Saint Joseph's is now 5-9, 1-5 in the A-10. The Hawks close their season Sunday at St. Bonaventure (9-5, 1-5) at 12:00 noon.
The Hawks' Jenny Egan scored three consecutive goals in the first 12 minutes as SJU grabbed a quick 3-0 lead. Duquesne got on the scoreboard when Mulford netted an unassisted goal with 13:43 left in the first half. Freshman Caitlin Kistler and sophomores Courtney Tamasitis and Lorenze made it four-in-row for the visitors which put the Dukes up 4-3 with 8:03 left. Suzanne Finley's free position goal at 5:24 tied the score, 4-4, which was the halftime score.
Mulford's second unassisted goal put the Dukes on top 5-4 just 18 seconds into the second half. Flocco and Mulford each had three scores in the period. DU led 10-5 with 8:28 to go in the game. Finley scored again to cut the margin to 10-6 at 7:17. Lorenze's second goal, off an assist from classmate Courtney Tamasitis, five minutes later set the final score of 11-6.
The Hawks' Courtney Huff registered 13 saves.
Sunday's Philadelphia matches will determine who has the number one through three seeds. The Red and Blue will face La Salle (9-7, 2-4) at 11:00 a.m. at McCarthy Field. Then fans can head about four miles south on N. Broad St. to catch the second seed-deciding game, as GW takes on Temple at 1:00 p.m. at Geasey Field.
DU, GW and Temple -- all have been in the national rankings during this season -- have clinched Atlantic 10 Lacrosse Champioship tournament spots as has #4 seed Richmond (6-7, 4-2). The Spiders close their season at Massachusetts (5-11, 1-5).
Duquesne has won nine of their last 10 games, the only defeat a 9-8 overtime loss to the Owls last Sunday. GW is also 9-1 over the last 10 games while Temple is 6-4 as is Richmond.
Richmond hosts the league championship beginning Friday, May 6, 2005 with the first of two semifinals starting at 5:00 p.m.