The women's lacrosse team dropped a 16-8 decision against Emmanuel in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference contest at Roberto Clemente Field on Tuesday evening.
JWU sophomore Cassie Collins (Oswego, N.Y.) led the Wildcats with two goals, while freshman defender Julia Cramarossa (Churchville, Pa.) recorded a team-high three groundballs and Lydia Knapp (Glens Falls, N.Y.) won a game-high six draw controls.
Sophomores Kristen Tuleja (Mansfield, Mass.) and Sarah Higgins (Groveland, Mass.) led the Saints with four goals apiece.
Freshman attack Amanda Cook (Saco, Maine) netted the Saints' opening goal at 28:01 off a pass from Tuleja and JWU quickly tied the contest less than a minute later on an unassisted Collins' score. Junior captain Alexia Basile (West Hartford, Conn.) would then hit the go-ahead marker at 20:26 and the Saints never looked back, leading throughout.
Emmanuel took a four-goal lead following a JWU penalty with less than three minutes to play in the first half. Baker's man-up tally put the Saints up, 8-4. The hosts would then score twice more before the break, with Tuleja connecting on a free position attempt at 2:20 and then receiving an assist from Monica Burdick (Stonington, Conn.) with just 16 seconds left on the clock. Emmanuel held a 10-4 lead at halftime and outshot JWU, 17-13 in the opening frame.
The second half saw the Saints score twice in the first five minutes with goals coming via Wootten and Tuleja. JWU then went on a 4-1 run, which included goals from Toni-Anne Mule (Melville, N.Y.), Brittany Manfro (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), Collins and Natalie DiCocco (Media, Pa.) to cut the deficit to 13-8 with 6:28 to go in the game. It would not be enough though as Emmanuel tacked on three goals down the stretch en route to the 16-8 victory.
Sophomore goalie Lauren White (Lynnfield, Mass.) earned the win in net for the Saints, making 13 saves while junior goalie Genevieve Giampietro (Meriden, Conn.) had eight saves in the loss for JWU.
The loss dropped JWU to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in GNAC play while Emmanuel improves to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in league play. The Wildcats will return to action on Thursday, March 20th when they host intra-state rival Rhode Island College for a non-conference contest starting at 4:00 p.m.