PROVIDENCE, RI – There's a sports adage that teams don't lose, they just run out of time. The Johnson & Wales University women's lacrosse team scored twice in the final two minutes but couldn't come up with the tying goal as it dropped a 16-15 decision to Fitchburg State on Thursday.
Johnson & Wales: 1-3
The second of three goals by Gabrielle Vasile (Milford, Mass.) at the 14:46 mark of the first half pulled the Wildcats within 6-5. It's the third three-goal game of Vasile's career. The Falcons responded with five goals over the next 11 minutes to take a 10-5 lead. JWU got goals from Allison Pazienski (New Hyde Park, NY) and Marissa Hart (Cohoes, NY) to close within 11-7 at half time.
Both teams scored a pair of goals in the first eight minutes of the second half before Johnson & Wales went on a 3-0 run to pull within 13-12. Junior Kayla Smith (Eastham, Mass.) scored on a pass from Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, RI) at the 17:50 mark to get JWU within a goal. Smith has scored two goals in back-to-back games and dating back to last year she's had two goals in seven of her last 11 contests.
Over the next 15 minutes, Fitchburg scored three times and limited Johnson & Wales to just one goal as the Falcons went up 16-13. Junior Lydia Knapp (Glens Falls, NY) scored her third goal of the game at the 1:30 mark then Vasile tallied her third goal 11 seconds later to get JWU within 16-15. The Wildcats made one final push but a pass in front of the FSU goals was knocked away and recovered by Fitchburg, who ran out the clock to seal the victory.
Six different Wildcats scored two or more goals, topped by Knapp and Vasile with three each. For Knapp it was her third game in a row with three or more goals. Midfielder Kathy Ensor (St. Louis, Mo.) tallied two goals for the second-straight game and Pazienski also tallied a pair of goals. Pederzani had a goal and three assists.
The Wildcats are back on the field this Saturday when they travel to Salve Regina for a 3 p.m. contest.