Women's Lacrosse Bows To Holy Family On Holy Thursday

Women's lacrosse goalie alone in stance.
Megan Euler made a Felician-record 24 saves during an Apr. 18, 2019, loss at Holy Family. (Artur Workstus '22)

PHILADELPHIA – The Felician University women's lacrosse team saw six different players score points and junior goalkeeper Megan Euler (Toms River, N.J.) break her own single-game school record for saves, but was unable to overcome Holy Family University in a 17-7 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference loss to the host Tigers on Thursday evening at Tiger Field.

The game was a make-up from an Apr. 13 rainout. Due to the upcoming Easter weekend, the pair of Catholic institutions were each playing for the second time in as many days.

Holy Family accumulated a 46-25 shot advantage for the night. The Tigers put 41 of their attempts on goal, but Euler stopped 24 of them to keep the visitors in contention. Euler had made 23 saves as a freshman in a home loss to Post University on Apr. 22, 2017.

The 24 saves also tied the national single-game high by any NCAA Division II goalie in 2019.

Senior midfielder Devon Felix (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) topped Holy Family (3-11, 2-5 CACC) with seven goals. The Tigers received a goal and five assists from senior midfielder Dana Trevito (Voorhees, N.J.). Sophomore Jashima Brathwaite (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) and freshman Jordyn Juvelier (Centereach, N.Y.) tallied two goals apiece for the Golden Falcons.

The Tigers started quickly, receiving goals from Caleigh Gallagher (Philadelphia, Pa.) just 59 second into the action and Felix 36 seconds after that. Felician senior Christianna Louzan (Manchester, N.J.) found the cage with 1:55 gone by to cut the deficit to 2-1, and the defenses found their stride, with no scoring for the next six-plus minutes.

HFU took control with a 5-0 run midway through the first half. Senior Vanessa Pagliei (Linwood, N.J.) jump-started the spurt with goals at the 21:21 and 18:39 junctures, and the Tigers took advantage of Felician fouls by converting a pair of free-position attempts shortly thereafter. The hosts would leverage statistical advantages of 26-9 in shots, 18-9 in ground balls, and 5-18 in turnovers to carry an 11-3 edge into halftime.

Brathwaite scored 20 seconds into the second half to pump life into the Golden Falcons. But almost as quickly, Holy Family snatched back the momentum. Trevito assisted on three consecutive Felix goals in a span of 3:42, the last of which gave their side a 14-4 lead and forced the NCAA running-clock rule with 23:57 to play. After Tatceyana Pulley (Edgewater Park, N.J.) made it 15-4, the teams traded goals the rest of the way, with the Golden Falcons never able to finish twice in a row to stop the clock.

Freshman Asha Harper (Manchester, N.J.) had a goal and an assist and classmate Cara Johnson (Manchester, N.J.) also scored for Felician (0-10, 0-7). Golden Falcon freshman Valerie Adamo (Hicksville, N.Y.) recorded an assist and nine draw controls, the second-highest total in Felician's four-year program history. Casey Brown (Philadelphia, Pa.) turned in two goals and an assist for the Tigers, and goalie Jenna Heath (Philadelphia, Pa.) earned the victory with eight saves.

Felician plays its final home game of 2019 when it entertains Post University at 7 p.m. on Apr. 23. Louzan and defenders Antoinette Baisden (Elizabeth, N.J.) and Cassidy Charles (Irvington, N.J.) will be honored prior to the contest in a Senior Night ceremony.