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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (Titan Athletics) – The top-seeded Westminster College women’s lacrosse team defeated No. 4 Saint Vincent College Bearcats by a score of 18-8 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Semifinals at home Tuesday evening.
Westminster (13-2) struck first when junior Margo Mason (Pittsburgh, PA / Chartiers Valley) scored the first goal of the game just 1:18 into the contest. Saint Vincent (4-8) responded with a goal of its own, but the Titans countered with five unanswered goals, capped off by a goal from senior Emily D’Amico (Moon Township, PA / Moon Area) to give themselves a 6-1 lead with 18:37 left in the half. The Bearcats scored the next two goals to keep things interesting. However, the Titans rattled off four more unanswered goals to take a 10-3 lead and ended up leading 11-4 at halftime. Junior Bria Braddock (Beaver Falls, PA / Blackhawk) tallied a game-high four goals in the second half to seal the win for Westminster.

Mason led the way offensively for the Titans. She scored a team-high seven goals, tallied one assist, picked up four ground balls, and notched a team-high seven caused turnovers. Mason was also 4-for-7 on free position shots. Braddock was right behind, finishing with five goals, one assist, six caused turnovers, and tied for a team-high eight ground balls with sophomore Marisa Keller (Canonsburg, PA / Canon-McMillan). D’Amico added three goals and two assists. First-year Magen Polczynski (Irwin, PA / Norwin), junior Michaela Hays (Blairsville, PA / Blairsville), and first-year Romie Schweickert (Hiram, OH / Crestwood) each recorded a goal for the Titans. First-year goalkeeper Emma Bradley (South Fayette, PA / South Fayette) recorded two saves in the win.
The Titans advanced to PAC Championship game, which will take place Saturday, May 4 versus No. 2 Washington and Jefferson College at home at 6 p.m. Westminster won, 7-6, in overtime against the Presidents during the regular season. The winner will receive the automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship later next month.
*Written by Mike Boucher

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