STANDISH, Maine – Taking on two of the top teams in the league, the Johnson & Wales University women's lacrosse team knew it would get a good barometer of where it stood this week. The Wildcats remained atop the GNAC standings after defeating Saint Joseph's, 17-11, on Saturday.
Saint Joseph's: 6-2, 3-1 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 7-1, 4-0 GNAC
Maria Patane (JWU): 4 goals, 2 assists
Raquel Pederzani: 3 goals, 2 assists
Allison Pazienski (JWU): 3 goals, 4 assists
Six-straight goals during the opening 15 minutes gave the Wildcats a 7-1 advantage. Sophomore midfielder Maria Patane scored three of the half-dozen goals during the run.
The only thing slowing down the Wildcats was a faulty scoreboard which delayed the game nearly 30 minutes at the start of the second half. Once play resumed, JWU went on a 5-0 run with rookie Dani Lydecker scoring twice to give the Wildcats a comfortable 16-7 margin.
Four different Wildcats found the back of the net three or more times. Patane scored a team-high four goals while Pazienski led the way with a career-high seven points (three goals, four assists). Pederzani and Lydecker added three goals each.
JWU had a 38-28 advantage in shots and took 31 ground balls compared to 22 by the Monks. JWU goalkeeper Cassidy O'Hara recorded 12 saves.
The Wildcats travel to Rivier for a 7 p.m. contest on Tuesday.