MIDDLETOWN, RI – A one-goal game was broken wide open as the Johnson & Wales University women's lacrosse team scored a half dozen goals in the second half. In the first meeting between the Wildcats and Salve Regina University, JWU prevailed 9-5 on Saturday.
Johnson & Wales: 2-3
Salve Regina: 1-2
In its first four matches of the year, Johnson & Wales had been giving up an average of 14.75 goals per game. The Wildcats' defense stepped up to limit the Seahawks to just five goals. Senior goalkeeper Cristal Benton (Albany, NY) stopped 10 shots to get her second win of the year.
Three different Wildcats scored goals as JWU hopped out to a 3-0 lead on the first of three Lydia Knapp (Glens Falls, NY) goals. The junior has scored three or more goals in her last four contests. She added second-half goals in the fourth and 17th minutes and assisted on Allison Pazienski's (New Hyde Park, NY) goal.
The Seahawks closed the first half with a pair of goals to make it 3-2 at the half, but JWU recaptured the momentum in the first four minutes of the second half. After Knapp's goal at the 27:28 mark, sophomore attacker Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, RI) scored 32 seconds later. She added the eventual game winner at the 17:13 mark.
The Wildcats are back in action on March 24 when they play host to Curry at 4 p.m.