PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth took a 4-3 lead into the break, Johnson & Wales blew past the Corsairs in the second half, exploding for 13 unanswered goals for a 16-4 final score in Saturday's women's lacrosse season-opener.
Score: Johnson & Wales 16, UMass Dartmouth 4
Records: Johnson & Wales (1-0) | UMass Dartmouth (0-1)
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth junior Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) was the only Corsair to register multiple points on the contest, recording two goals with an assist. Senior Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.) and freshman Sam Muir (Sturbridge, Mass.) each potted a goal apiece, and goalkeeper Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) collected 18 saves on the day.
Johnson & Wales saw six players reach the scoring column, with both Gabrielle Vasile (Milford, Mass.) and Juliana Giello (Warwick, N.Y.) totaling four goals. Alexandra Anton (Dix Hills, N.Y.) tabulating five points with a pair of goals and three assists.
After the Wildcats registered the game's first two goals within the opening seven minutes, UMass Dartmouth silenced JWU's opening momentum. Beginning with Longo's goal at 22:13 off the pass from Kish, the Corsairs rattled off four-straight over the course of 18 minutes.
Kish scored back-to-back goals midway through the half, once on a free position and the other on the dish from junior Raquel Riley (Wakefield, Mass.). At 4:11, Muir buried her first collegiate goal by way of a free-position attempt, and Giello was able to gain one back for JWU heading into half.
From then on out, it was all Wildcats, as the hosts made quick work of retaking the lead and shutting the door on the Corsair offense. Within the first two minutes, Lydia Knapp (Glens Falls, N.Y.) and Giello had put JWU back on top 5-4, and the offensive outburst continued to cap the Wildcats' second-half goal total at 13.
Inside the Numbers
- Burchill turned aside 12 JWU shots in the first half but could stop only six in the second half en-route to her career-high total of 18 on the day.
- Despite outshooting the Corsairs by seven in the first half, JWU's offense flowed freely in the second, as the Wilcats outshot UMass Dartmouth 21-7 on the frame.
- UMass Dartmouth could convert only two of seven free position chance on the game, while JWU went 1-of-4.
- Longo rounded out her stat line with three caused turnovers and three ground balls. Muir added in three draw controls and freshman Brooke Martel (Haverhill, Mass.) scooped up a team-high six ground balls.
- Saturday marked the first-ever meeting between the Corsairs and Wildcats in women's lacrosse.
UMass Dartmouth opens its home schedule next Wednesday, hosting Emmanuel at 4 p.m.