WESTFIELD, Mass – The Johnson & Wales University women's lacrosse team couldn't sustain its first-half momentum in a non-conference tilt at Westfield State. The Owls scored four second-half goals then ran out the clock as they beat the Wildcats, 10-8, on Tuesday.
Johnson & Wales: 3-5
Westfield State: 5-3
The hosts took control early in the first half, going up 5-1 with 15:15 to play on an Alexa Tonelli goal. The Wildcats responded by scoring six of the next seven goals to claim a 7-5 advantage. Tonelli added another goal with 47 seconds remaining in the half, but JWU took a 7-6 lead into the locker room.
Midfielder Allison Pazienski (New Hyde Park, NY) accounted for four of JWU's first half goals. It's the second time the rookie has scored four or more goals in game following a season-best five against St. Vincent. Classmate Alexandra Anton (Dix Hills, NY) scored the first points of her collegiate career. She assisted on two of Pazienski's goals, including the one at the 7:27 mark that gave JWU a 6-5 lead.
Unfortunately, Westfield State scored a pair of goals in the first three minutes of the second half to reclaim a lead it would not relinquish. Midfielder Lydia Knapp (Glens Falls, NY) scored her second goal of the game with 13:10 remaining to get JWU within 10-8.
Even though the Wildcats won five out of the eight remaining ground balls, they only managed to get four shots off the rest of the night. For the game, JWU had a 24-16 lead in ground balls and 28-25 margin for shots. The difference was WSU goalkeeper Mimi Khampaeng made 16 saves.
The Wildcats last eight matches are against GNAC opponents, starting Saturday at Simmons.