PROVIDENCE, RI – The top scoring women's lacrosse team in the GNAC kept the offense going in the first round of the conference tournament. Johnson & Wales University moved on to the semifinals by defeating visiting Rivier, 23-5, on Wednesday.
The win was the Wildcats' 11th in a row and the 14 wins are the most in school history.
After Alyssa Ciszek got the Raiders on the board at the 17:41 mark, the Wildcats ended the half by scoring nine consecutive goals to take a 15-1 lead into the locker room. Eight different players scored for JWU during the run with Pazienski finding the back of the net twice.
Ten different Wildcats found the back of the net with eight players scoring multiple goals. Giello led all players with seven points on five goals with two assists. Alexandra Anton (Dix Hills, NY) tied a JWU playoff record with six assists.
Senior midfielder Lydia Knapp (Glens Falls, NY) scored two goals and won six draw controls. She moved up to sixth in NCAA history with 452 career draw controls.
Johnson & Wales won 19-of-29 draw controls to dictate the tempo. The Wildcats also had a 40-29 advantage in shots as well as a 27-21 margin for ground balls. Elizabeth Tonn (Wantagh, NY) led all players with five ground balls.
The Wildcats move on to host Mount Ida in the GNAC Tournament semifinals on Friday at 7 p.m.