PROVIDENCE, RI - It was a historic night for Johnson & Wales University women's lacrosse player Lydia Knapp. She scored the 200th goal of her career and moved up on the NCAA draw control list during the Wildcats 20-5 victory over Simmons on Wednesday.
Simmons: 5-7, 2-2 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 8-4, 4-0 GNAC
Alexandra Anton (JWU): 1 goal, 5 assists
Raquel Pederzani (JWU): 3 goals, 2 assists
Lydia Knapp (JWU): 4 goals, 1 assist
At the 11:30 mark of the first half, Knapp (Glens Falls, NY) took a pass from Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, RI) and found the back of the net for her 200th goal. She won seven draw controls to move into ninth place in NCAA history with 422 career draw controls.
After the Sharks got the first goal just 1:10 into the game from Ana Giarrusso, Johnson & Wales went on a 6-0 run to take control. Alexandra Anton (Dix Hills, NY) factored into three of the goals as she scored at the 19:57 mark and assisted on two more. She had a career-high six points with one goal and five assists.
Simmons got a goal from Kasey Fries to make it 6-2, but the Wildcats ended the first half on an 8-1 run to go into the locker room up 14-3. Eight different Wildcats scored during that span.
Johnson & Wales controlled the tempo for most of the game by winning 15-of-24 draw controls. The Wildcats also had the advantage for ground balls (22-11) and shots (36-15). Maria Patane (Greenwich, NY) snagged a game-high five goals. JWU goalie Marianna Consiglio (New Fairfield, Conn.) made seven saves while her Simmons' counterpart Cheyenne Yeager came up with 11.
The Wildcats are back at home on Saturday when they take on Emmanuel at 1 p.m.