The women's lacrosse team picked up their first-ever Great Northeast Athletic Conference victory on Saturday afternoon, overcoming a 5-2 halftime deficit to defeat Mount Ida, 10-7, at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletics Complex in Providence.
The Mustangs struck first when Molly Sheppard (Brookhaven, N.Y.) scored her first of four goals on the day just two and a half minutes into the game. Lydia Knapp (Glens Falls, N.Y.) found the back of the net less than a minute later for JWU to even things up at 1-1. Mount Ida scored four unanswered goals before Jessica Schmell (Coopersburg, Pa.) cut the lead to 5-2 just before halftime. The home team outshot Mount Ida 13-8 in the opening stanza.
Sophomore Marissa Hart (Cohoes, N.Y.) got JWU on the board to begin the second half with an unassisted goal just one minute into the half to bring the Wildcats within two, 5-3. She then tied things up at 6-6 with her third goal of the afternoon at the 5:20 mark in the second half. The Wildcats then used back-to-back goals by Natalie DiCocco (Media, Pa.) and Knapp to go up 8-6 and never look back. JWU tacked on a goal from Hart and Knapp before cruising to the 10-7 victory.
Junior Genevieve Giampietro (Meriden, Conn.) made five saves in the historic win for Johnson & Wales while junior Sammy Levitt (Wayland, Mass.) made eight stops in the setback for Mount Ida.
With the win, the Wildcats improve to 4-2 and 1-0 in GNAC action while the Mustangs fall to 2-4 and 0-1 in conference play. The Wildcats will return to action on Tuesday, March 18th when they travel to Emmanuel for a GNAC contest beginning at 7:00 p.m.