Battle in Women’s DIII

Battle in Women’s DIII.

Kevin M. Neibauer.

LaxPhilly– A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network

The Endicott Women’s Gulls (8-5, 4-1 Continental Coastal Conference) outlasted the Western New England Golden Bears (9-4, 4-1 CCC) in Women’s DIII action.

First Stanza…

It only took 1:56 for Samantha Vitka (2g,1a) to open the scoring of an Ally Ferraro set up with the Golden Bears finding themselves with a quick 1-0 lead.

Endicott countered with a three goal rally thanks to, Morgan Pike (2g,2a) with goals at 9:44 and again at 9:03 with both unassisted.

Liz Mazza (1g,1a) pushed it to 3-1 a minute two later

The Bears weren’t finished and Madysin Crotta (1g,1) followed twenty five seconds later with Kylie Buchanan (4g) taking it a 4-3 contest.

Katie Schenk (5g) pulled the squads even at the 4:29 mark.

Palerma would close the quarter with Endicott in front, 5-4.


The teams were scoreless for nearly five minutes until, Katy Garvin (1g,1a) got it to a 6-4 contest.

Emmy Burns (1g,2a) answered forty four seconds later to keep it a one goal game.

The goals were coming fast and furious with Gabriella Prisco (1g) raising the stakes back to two goals.

The Bears attempted to seize control with net benders from, Hannah Jarvis (1g,2a), Buchanan and Ally Hill (2g) to seize an 8-7 halftime advantage.

Third Quarter..

Burns set up Buchanan at the 9:08 mark to stretch it to 9-7.

A goal exchange ensued with Schenk putting home a Pike feed for Endicott.Vitka had an answer as did Palermo making it 10-9.

Jarvis hit Hill with a pretty pass that Hill easily buried to end the third with the Golden Bears growling, 11-9.

Fortunes would change when Kiana Napolitano (3g) put home a no look pass from Pike.

Palermo buried a free position shot, Schenk would do the same.

Palermo and Napolitano netting her second,  and the five goal uprising to switch the lead to 14-11 the Endicott direction.

The Bears struck back with Buchanan putting home a Mazza set up.

Napolitano got her hat trick with Palermo putting home a Vitko pass.

Schenk and Palermo put the window dressing on the 16-11 victory.


Lydia Akins improved to 8-5 with 8 saves for Endicott. Faith Graveline had 12 stops in defeat.

Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.

Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.

A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.