LBOSTON, Mass. – Stout first-half defense gave the Johnson & Wales University women's lacrosse team the margin it needed for victory. The Wildcats went on the road Thursday to defeat Simmons, 18-8, in a rematch of the 2017 GNAC Championship game.
Simmons: 4-3, 0-2 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 5-1, 2-0 GNAC
Maria Patane (JWU): 5 goals, 2 assists
Juliana Giello (JWU): 3 goals, 2 assists
Allison Pazienski (JWU): 3 goals, 1 assist
The victory ran Johnson & Wales' conference winning streak to 19 games. JWU's last GNAC loss came on March 26, 2016 at Saint Joseph's.
Simmons pulled within 4-3 midway through the first half, but the Allison Pazienski scored all three of her goals during a six-minute stretch to give JWU some breathing room. Pazienski – who scored a season-high four points - was one five different Wildcats to score multiple goals.
Leading all players with seven points (five goals, two assists) was Patane. The GNAC's leading scorer, Patane had her fourth game in a row with at least four goals. Junior Juliana Giello scored a season-high three goals and added two assists.
JWU forced Simmons into 31 turnovers, which led to a 38-16 advantage in shots. The Wildcats also picked up 28 ground balls, compared to 16 by the hosts.
Johnson & Wales is home on Tuesday to host Lasell at 6 p.m. It's the team's Big Game with a drawing for a free pair of wireless headphones at halftime.