PROVIDENCE, RI – The number eight scoring offense in the country kept its foot on the gas Friday night in the semifinals of the GNAC Tournament. The Johnson & Wales University women's lacrosse team advanced to the finals of the conference tournament with a 19-8 triumph against Mount Ida.
Johnson & Wales got out to a fast start, scoring three goals in first four minutes of the opening half. Allison Pazienski (New Hyde Park, NY) found the back of the net twice during the run.
Alyssa Kelly scored a goal and assisted on Emily McConnell's tally as the Mustangs pulled within 5-2 at the 20:19 mark of the first half. Kelly topped Mount Ida with three goals.
Senior midfielder Lydia Knapp (Glens Falls, NY) scored twice during a 6-0 run as the Wildcats built an 11-2 lead with 12:33 remaining in the opening stanza. JWU took a 15-4 edge into the locker room.
History was made on the same goal late in the second half. Knapp found a cutting Gabrielle Vasile (Milford, Mass.) who scored from point-blank range. It was the 100th goal of Vasile's career and Knapp's 100th assist. Knapp is the first player in school history to reach 100 assists.
The Wildcats had a 33-26 margin in shots and 29-21 advantage in ground balls. Elizabeth Tonn (Wantage, NY) snared a game-high six ground balls.
Johnson & Wales moves on to the GNAC Championship game on Sunday. The Wildcats will host the winner of the other semifinal game between Simmons and St. Joseph's at 1 p.m.