May 1: Top-Seeded Women’s Lacrosse Team Set to Host Playoff Game
The top-seeded Arcadia University women’s lacrosse team will host fourth-seeded, defending Freedom Conference Champion FDU-Florham on Thursday, May 1, in a 4 p.m. Freedom Conference semifinal match at Easton Field.
Ticket Information: Per the Middle Atlantic Conference, there will not be complimentary admission to the game. Ticket prices for the game are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for students, and children under six (6) are free. Anyone presenting a valid Arcadia University ID will be admitted free of charge, courtesy of the Athletic Department.
About Arcadia: The Knights went 16-1 during the regular season, setting a new school record for wins in a season, and went a perfect 6-0 in Freedom Conference play to earn the No. 1 seed in this week’s tournament. Senior Jenna Crothers leads the team in scoring with 30 goals and a school-record 70 assists for a school-record 100 points. She ranks at the top of the conference in both assists and total points this season. Sophomore Dawn Faranetta is second on the team in scoring with 42 goals and 22 assists for 64 points, while junior Haylee Molloy ranks third on the team in scoring with a team and conference-best 56 goals and seven assists for 63 points. Freshman Erin Misner has 45 goals and 12 assists for 57 points, while senior Sara Volk-Perez rounds out the top-five in scoring for Arcadia with 24 goals and 13 assists for 37 points. Sophomore Jordyn Dunacusky is 16-0 in goal for the Knights this season, setting a new school record for wins, while posting a 5.62 goals against average and a .579 save percentage. She leads all conference goalies in each category, while her 114 saves rank her fourth in the league.
About FDU-Florham: The Devils finished the regular season with an overall record of 7-9 and tied for second in the Freedom Conference standings with a 4-2 record. They fell to the fourth-seed based on the conference’s tie-breaking procedures. Junior Courtney Rendinaro leads the team in scoring with 41 goals and 25 assists for 66 points, while freshman Joelle Manganella ranks second in scoring with 39 goals and six assists for 45 points. Fellow freshmen Brienna Reasoner and Noelle Shirey are tied for third on the team in scoring with 29 points each. Reasoner has 25 goals and four assists, while Shirey has 22 goals and seven assists. Sophomore Brianna Capobianco rounds out FDU’s top-five in scoring with 16 goals and two assists for 18 points. Junior Grace Warburton is 6-8 in goal with a 11.22 goals against average and a .448 save percentage. She has 116 total saves on the year, placing her fourth in the conference.
Last Meeting: Arcadia pulled out an 8-7 double-overtime victory over FDU-Florham this past Saturday in Glenside. Molloy and Volk-Perez scored back-to-back goals in a span of just 41 seconds to give the Knights a 6-5 lead with five minutes remaining, but junior Caitlyn McGinley tied the game for the Devils with 2:46 left in regulation. FDU had a man-man advantage with under two minutes to go and Dunacusky came up with a huge save on a shot from Shirey with just 22 seconds left in regulation. Rendinaro scored on a free position shot with 1:06 left in the first OT to put the Devils ahead 7-6, but Molloy answered for the Knights with her biggest goal of the season to-date with a free position tally over her own just before time expired to force a second overtime period. Misner then scored on a centering feed from junior Jaclyn Feffer 1:09 into the sudden-death frame to give Arcadia the win.
Postseason History: FDU-Florham holds a win in the lone playoff meeting between the two programs, which was a 15-10 decision in last year’s Freedom Conference title game. The Knights got on the board first, but the Devils answered with a seven-goal run to take control of the contest. Rendinaro and Sara Slicklen had five goals each to lead FDU, while Megan Fallon and Faranetta had four goals each to lead the Knights.
Next Up: The winner of this game will face the winner of the other Freedom Conference semifinal between second-seeded Wilkes University and third-seeded Misericordia University Saturday at the highest remaining seed. Both teams were tied with FDU-Florham at 4-2 in the conference this season; Wilkes was awarded the second-seed based on the goal differential between the three tied teams, and Misericorda was then award the third-seed having defeated FDU during the regular season.