PHILADELPHIA – Chestnut Hill College scored eight consecutive goals to start the second half to pull away for a 16-5 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's lacrosse victory over visiting Felician University on Saturday afternoon at CHC Campus Field. Junior goalkeeper Megan Euler (Toms River, N.J.) made 21 saves and picked up five ground balls in defeat for Felician.
The game marked the end of the 2019 regular season for both schools. Chestnut Hill (5-9, 4-5 CACC) earned the No. 6 seed in next week's CACC Championship tournament and will travel to Wilmington (Del.) University for a first-round playoff game on Tuesday. The Golden Falcons concluded the fourth varsity intercollegiate campaign in the history of their program.
The Griffins recorded the game's first two goals, the latter by Kaley Malampey (Ridley Park, Pa.) with 24 minutes, 11 seconds, showing on the first-half game clock. But Felician came back to tie the score on markers by Asha Harper (Manchester, N.J.) and Christianna Louzan (Manchester, N.J.).
CHC moved ahead for good on a successful free-position attempt by senior Julia Reinert (Bridgeport, Pa.) with 18:18 left until halftime. It was the first of three consecutive Reinert scores that put the Griffins ahead, 5-2. The hosts led by the same margin, 7-4, at halftime. Chestnut Hill piled up a 33-10 shot advantage during the opening period, but Euler kept the Golden Falcons competitive by making 15 saves.
CHC improved its efficiency on both sides of the ball after the break. It allowed Felician only three second-half shot attempts and owned an edge in ground balls of 21-7 for the period. Three Griffin tallies in the first 10 minutes of the half opened a six-goal edge. The Golden Falcons remained on the defensive, and with 9:27 left, Reinert found the cage for a 14-4 Griffin lead, enacting running time by NCAA rule.
Louzan and freshman Jordyn Juvelier (Centereach, N.Y.) netted two goals each for Felician (0-12, 0-9), which trailed in shots, 54-13, for the day. Reinert turned in a strong two-way effort for Chestnut Hill with six goals, five ground balls and five draw controls. Griffin senior goalie Valerie Amaya (Oakland, Calif.) earned the victory with seven saves.
The contest was physically played and tightly called. The teams were whistled for a combined 72 fouls (47-25 Felician) and five yellow cards (3-2 Felician).