The Dominican University New York women’s lacrosse team captured its first CACC Tournament Championship on May 7, 2023, with a double overtime victory over the Rams of Thomas Jefferson University 12-11.
Head Coach Rob Grella said, “Being able to win a CACC Championship is an unforgettable experience. This team has worked relentlessly over the past two years to become a top program. It’s a pleasure to coach such a humble and hardworking group of girls and I could not be more proud of them.”
Dominican got off to a strong start with a 5-1 lead after the first quarter. The Rams fought their way back in the second quarter by scoring three goals. The Rams used a strong third quarter to jump out in front over Dominican by scoring six of the first seven goals of the second half. Dominican ended the run with two late goals in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 10-8. Madelyn Grella and Grace DeStasio scored the first two goals for the quarter to tie the game at 10-10. With 8:44 remaining, the Rams got a one goal advantage. Dominican answered with the tying goal and the game entered overtime. In the second OT Period, Jenna Rigo made a pass to Grella who scored the game-winning goal to secure the title. DeStasio was named the Most Valuable Player in the tournament.
The Lady Chargers completed the season 17-2 overall.