PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University women's lacrosse team has been a juggernaut of late. The Wildcats scored over 20 goals for the third game in a row as they routed Mount Ida College, 21-4, on Saturday.
Mount Ida: 2-9, 1-3 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 6-5, 3-1 GNAC
Junior Lydia Knapp (Glens Falls, NY) set the tone early as she scored just 35 seconds into the game. She scored three more times in the first half and twice in the second frame to tie her season-high of six goals. Knapp also assisted on a pair of goals to take over the GNAC lead with 53 points.
Knapp picked five ground balls and six draw controls. Johnson & Wales had a 20-6 advantage for draw controls and 21-18 margin for ground balls.
Johnson & Wales started the game with a 7-0 run over the first 12 minutes of the half. Attacker Casey Collins (Oswego, NY) capped the run with her fourth goal of the year. After the Mustangs got on the board, JWU answered with a 4-0 run to take an 11-1 lead into the locker room.
Mount Ida scored three times within the first seven minutes of the second half, but Nicole Pavao's goal at the 22:25 mark was the last time the Mustangs found the back of the net. Johnson & Wales goalkeeper Cristal Benton (Albany, NY) made seven saves to get the victory.
The Wildcats finished the game on a 9-0 run with Kayla Smith (Eastham, Mass.) and Alexandra Anton (Dix Hills, NY) each scoring a pair of goals during that stretch. Eleven different Wildcats scored with five players tallying two or more. Smith had three goals and three assists for a season-high six points.
Johnson & Wales will try to run its winning streak to four games when it takes on Norwich at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.