The upperclassmen on the Johnson & Wales University women's lacrosse team have bad memories of the last time they played Lasell at home. The pain of losing the 2016 GNAC championship game can't be erased, but the Wildcats are in better spirits after defeating the Lasers, 18-7, on Tuesday.
Lasell: 5-2, 2-1 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 6-1, 3-0 GNAC
Johnson & Wales wasted no time in taking the lead as Maria Patane scored just 11 seconds into the game. The Wildcats established a 5-0 lead at the 23:54 mark on three-straight Dani Lydecker goals. The Lasers got back two goals, but JWU finished the half on a 4-1 run to take an 11-3 advantage into the locker room.
The Wildcats scored the first five goals of the second half to open a 16-3 margin. Johnson & Wales controlled the tempo by winning 16 of 26 draw controls and collecting 21 ground balls, compared to 16 by Lasell.
Five different Wildcats scored multiple goals, topped by Lydecker and Allison Pazienski with four each. Senior Raquel Pederzani had two goals and four assists. She became the second player in school history to score 200 points.
Nearly all of Lasell's goals came from two players as Taylor Yandow and Jordan McComb produced three each. Thwarting the Lasers all night was JWU goalie Cassidy O'Hara as she made a season-high 13 saves.
Johnson & Wales is on the road Saturday to take on Saint Joseph's at 12 p.m.