CLERMONT, Fla. – In its first two games of the season, the Johnson & Wales University women's lacrosse team has been on the wrong end of lopsided losses. It was the Wildcats turn to put some goals on the board as they downed St. Vincent College, 18-10, on Thursday at the National Training Center.
Johnson & Wales: 1-2
St. Vincent 0-3
Johnson & Wales set the tone immediately as it scored five goals in the first seven minutes of the game. Six different players scored at least one goal, led by midfielder Lydia Knapp's (Glens Falls, NY) six goals.
Five different Wildcats scored during the opening 5-0 run. After Bearcats got on the board, Johnson & Wales answered with a pair of tallies from freshman Allison Pazienski (New Hyde Park, NY). The rookie midfielder tallied five goals and added an assists.
After spending the winter season with the JWU women's ice hockey team, Kathy Ensor (St. Louis, Mo.) scored her first points on the lacrosse field. The midfielder tallied a pair of goals, including the eventual game winner at the 1:23 mark of the second half, and added two assists.
Knapp made sure Johnson & Wales would get the victory as she scored four of her six goals in the second period. Her man-up goal at the 8:40 mark of the second half staked the Wildcats to a 16-7 lead. The nine points are the second-highest of her career, trailing an 11-point effort against Simmons last year on April 8. She has eight games in her career with seven or more points.
Johnson & Wales' defense was on point as goalkeeper Cristal Benton (Albany, NY) only had to make five saves to get her first victory in net. The Wildcats had a 20-10 advantage in draw controls as well as 34-18 edge in shots.
The Wildcats are back in action on March 10 when they play Fitchburg State at 4 pm in their home opener.