PROVIDENCE, RI – A nearly flawless second half on the defensive end of the field kept the Johnson & Wales University women's lacrosse team undefeated in the GNAC. The Wildcats only surrendered one goal in the final 30 minutes as they defeated the Saints, 19-5.
Amanda Cook pulled the Saints within a goal, 3-2, at the 22:32 mark of the first half, but from there the Wildcats went on a 6-0 run. Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, RI) tallied two of her three goals during that stretch and Lydia Knapp (Glens Falls, NY) had two goals and an assist. Knapp ended the game with three goals and two assists to push her career total to 299 points. JWU went into the locker room with a 12-4 advantage.
The Wildcats shut the door on an Emmanuel comeback by outscoring the visitors 5-0 to start the second half. Maria Patane (Greenwich, NY) began the run with the third of her four goals. Sophomore Allison Pazienski (New Hyde Park, NY) scored three goals in a row on her way to a four-goal performance.
Emily Baker got the Saints on the board at the 9:07 mark of the second half off the pass from Abaigeal Merrigan. Merrigan assisted on two of EC's five goals.
Johnson & Wales won 15-of-20 draw controls and had a 21-15 advantage in ground balls. The Wildcats outshot the Saints, 35-9, as JWU goalie Marianna Consiglio (New Fairfield, Conn.) only had to make three saves to record her eighth victory.
Johnson & Wales continues its home stand on Wednesday when it welcomes Albertus Magnus to town for a 7 p.m. contest.