NEW HAVEN, Conn. – When the Johnson & Wales University women's lacrosse offense is firing on all cylinders, the Wildcats are tough to beat. JWU scored six goals in the first five minutes of its GNAC tilt at Albertus Magnus on its way to a 21-3 decision on Tuesday.
Johnson & Wales: 5-5, 2-1 GNAC
Albertus Magnus: 0-6, 0-3 GNAC
On the heels of the 20 goals JWU scored on Saturday at Simmons, it's the first time in the program's three-year history that JWU has scored 20 goals in back-to-back games. The 41 goals are the second most in consecutive games, trailing 27 against RIC and 17 more versus St. Joseph's (CT) last year.
The Wildcats established their dominance early with Lydia Knapp (Glens Falls, NY) and Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, RI) tallying four of the opening six goals. After the Falcons scored for the first time at the 23:04 mark, JWU went on a 9-1 run to end the first half and take a 15-2 advantage into halftime.
Knapp scored two more times during that run as she notched five goals – one off her season high – and added an assist. It was her fourth game this season with at least five points. She also won six draw controls as JWU had a 24-2 advantage in that category.
Pederzani was one of eight players to record at least two points and 12 Wildcats notched at least one. Her four goals are one off her career-high of five set against Curry. Freshman Allison Pazienski (New Hyde Park, NY) and sophomores Gabrielle Vasile (Milford, Mass.) and Felicia Milsop (Hatboro, Pa.) found the back of the net twice. Attacker Marissa Hart (Cohoes, NY) had a game-high three assists as she recorded at least three helpers for the second game in a row.
The JWU defense played well in front of keeper Cristal Benton (Albany, NY) as she only had to make two saves to record the victory. Benton was 6-for-6 on clears. The Wildcats out-shot the Falcons, 43-8, and had an 11-8 margin for ground balls.
The Wildcats return home to take on Mount Ida on Saturday at 1 p.m. That game is part of the CatPack FanFest with food trucks, lawn games, a beer garden and much more.