Lacrosse Earns First A-10 Regular-Season Title
April 30, 2004
The Duquesne women's lacrosse team ended its regular season with a 15-7 Atlantic 10 victory over visiting La Salle Friday afternoon on Rooney Field. The win is DU's sixth straight and puts the squad at 13-3 overall 6-1 in the Atlantic 10. The victory gives Duquesne a share of the A-10 regular-season championship title with Temple (9-7, 6-1). The Dukes earn the overall No. 1 seed in the A-10 Tournament (May 7-8) as they are the only team to defeat the Owls this season. It is Duquesne's first regular-season title in the sport's six-year Atlantic 10 history.
Kelly Mulford (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) and Becca West (Cicero, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) led the game with four goals each while Laura App (Silver Spring, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) added three goals and an assist. Sarah Pacini (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) stopped 11 shots on the day. Rebecca Boudwin and Nicole Sunderland led La Salle (3-12, 0-6) with two goals each while keeper Brittany Friedrich had 10 saves.
The Dukes opened the game taking a 4-0 lead in the first five minutes with back-to-back unassisted goals from App and an unassisted score and free position goal by Mulford. Jennifer Lorenze (Morgantown, W.Va./Morgantown) netted goals in the eighth and 26th minutes while West hit three goals during a three-minute span for a 10-0 lead over the Explorers. Tiffany Grossi put La Salle on the board at 27:20 and Sunderland wrapped-up the half with a goal from Grossi at 29:58 for a 10-2 Duquesne lead at the break.
Courtney Tamasitis (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown) gave DU an 11-2 edge with an unassisted goal at 1:02 in the second half, but La Salle hit three unanswered scores for a 5-11 reach at 11:20. Duquesne would see goals by Mulford (11:51 & 21:44), App (13:06) and West (15:53) for a 15-5 advantage. La Salle ended the contests hitting a free position goal at 24:27 and an unassisted score at 28:08 for the 15-7 final.
The Dukes out-shot the Explorers 34-24 for the game.
Duquesne and Temple are the only two teams which have locked a spot in the A-10 Championship series. The four-team bracket will be decided and announced after the remaining teams conclude the A-10 season this Sunday evening.