Bryn Athyn College, Keuka College Victorious in NEAC Women's Lacrosse First Round

Bryn Athyn College, Keuka College Victorious in NEAC Women's Lacrosse First Round

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Bryn Athyn College and Keuka College each earned a victory in Tuesday’s First Round games to advance to the 2018 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Women’s Lacrosse Final Four. The semifinal and final round of the tournament will be hosted by NEAC Regular Season Champion and top-seeded Morrisville State College on May 5-6.

Morrisville State College and No. 2 seed Medaille College received a first-round bye in the postseason tournament. The first semifinal game on Saturday will feature No. 1 Morrisville State College versus No. 4 Bryn Athyn College on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The second semifinal will follow at 2 p.m. with No. 2 Medaille College facing No. 3 Keuka College. The winners of the semifinal matchups will meet in the championship game on Sunday at 1 p.m. with the tournament champion receiving an automatic berth to the 2018 NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Tournament.

First Round

Game 1: No. 5 Wells College 10, No. 4 Bryn Athyn College 17

Boxscore

After scoring the go-ahead goal at 15:02 of the first to break a 2-2 tie, Bryn Athyn College never looked back en route to a 17-10 win over Wells College on Tuesday. The Lions put together a pair of three-goal runs in the first half to take a 10-7 lead to the locker room before outscoring the Express 7-3 in the latter half. Bryn Athyn College rookie Bri Lennox (Turnersville, N.J.) had a monster afternoon, scoring nine goals with six draw controls in the win. Chantal Farmer (Sharon Hill, Pa.), Laura Clymer (Willow Grove, Pa.) and Brenna Sweeney (Bowie, Md.) also added two goals apiece for the Lions. Offensively for Wells College, Mackenzie Maloney (Huntington, N.Y.) led the way with three goals, four assists and a game-high 12 draw controls. Savanah Connors (Moriches, N.Y.) chipped in two goals and an assist for the Express. Bryn Athyn’s Anja Weisser (McKees Rocks, Pa.) made 11 stops between the pipes while Anna Bozeat (Jordan, N.Y.) recorded 15 saves for Wells College. Bryn Athyn College improves to 9-3 overall and will meet top-seeded Morrisville State College in the NEAC Semifinals. Wells College wraps up it season with a 6-5 overall record.

Game 2: No. 6 Penn State Abington 8, No. 3 Keuka College 23

Boxscore

After posting a 14-7 advantage at halftime, Keuka College cruised to a 23-8 over Penn State Abington in the NEAC First Round. Wolves’ junior midfielder Vanessa Tsarevich (Rochester, N.Y.) led all players with eight goals and nine points on the afternoon. Kendall Neuberger (Penn Yan, N.Y.) contributed four goals while MaKayla Mesec (Oswego, N.Y.) and Brenna Voigt (Penn Yan, N.Y.) each tallied a hat trick for Keuka College. Wolves’ Defender Elizabeth Sherman (Auburn, N.Y.) has two ground balls, 11 draw controls and two caused turnovers. The Nittany Lions’ offense was led by Jillian Stokes (Mayfair, Pa.) with five goals while Bridget Meade (Willow Grove, Pa.) provided quality defense with five ground balls and six caused turnovers. Ally Thayer (Rome, N.Y.) earned the win for Keuka College, making just one save in the first half. Janelle Thomas (Corning, N.Y.) took over for Thayer in the second half, making four stops. Penn State Abington goalie Lindsey Detweiler (Willow Grove, Pa.) recorded nine saves in the loss. With the win, Keuka College moves its record to 13-1 overall. Penn State Abington wraps up the 2018 season with a 3-12 mark.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.