March 20, 2014
Dina Cifelli led all scorers with seven points in West Chester's 16-5 victory over visiting Saint Thomas Aquinas College. (Kevin P. Tucker)

Dennison Paces West Chester Past STAC

from Press Release

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – Sarah Dennison potted six goals and Erin Eckert scored three times in the second half to lead sixth-ranked West Chester University to a 16-5 victory over visiting Saint Thomas Aquinas College (STAC) in a non-league women's lacrosse match at Vonnie Gros Field Thursday.

West Chester (3-0) scored nine second-half markers to put the game away, after taking a 7-3 lead into the break. STAC (4-2) dropped its second straight affair, after opening the season with four straight wins.

Dennison registered three of West Chester's five unanswered goals to close out the first half. The Golden Rams then rattled off another four straight to open the second half, and what was a 3-2 deficit for the home team midway through the first half, turned into an 11-3 advantage. The Golden Rams defense held the Spartans off the scoreboard for 21 minutes while the offense went on its 9-0 run.

Eckert netted all three of her tallies in the second half.

Dina Cifelli led all players with seven points in the contest. She scored twice and assisted on five others for the Golden Rams. Dennison added seven draw controls to her six-goal effort. Melinda Speers had four draw controls as well.

Margaret Sharp and Genevieve Stickney each scored twice for the Spartans.

Jess Henderson recorded seven saves to pick up her third win of the season in the cage. Her counterpart, Kaitlyn Longergan, made six saves for STAC.

West Chester travels to Bloomsburg on Saturday for its Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference opener against the Huskies.

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