The women's lacrosse team opened the 2014 campaign with a 13-4 setback against Westfield State at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletics Complex on Saturday morning. The game was the first in the history of the Wildcats program.
Westfield controlled the action early and jumped out to the 8-0 lead after four goals by sophomore Meg Griffin (Granby, Conn.). The visiting Owls held the 8-0 advantage at halftime.
Johnson & Wales got on the board just :53 into the second period when freshman Lydia Knapp (Glens Falls, N.Y.). Knapp's second goal of the game with 27:36 left in the game cut the lead to 8-2. Westfield responded, however with three straight goals, including two from sophomore Roni Orcutt (Granville, Mass.) for the 10-2 lead. The Owls then held on for the 13-4 victory.
Junior Genevieve Giampietro (Meriden, Conn.) made eight saves in the setback for Johnson & Wales while Mimi Khampaeng (Hampden, Mass.) had 10 stops in the victory for Westfield.
With the win Westfield is now 1-0 while Johnson & Wales falls to 0-1 on the season. The Wildcats will return to action on Tuesday, March 4th when they host Wentworth in a non-conference contest at 4:00 p.m.