Freshman Lydia Knapp (Glens Falls, N.Y.) scored seven goals as the women's lacrosse team suffered a 15-14 setback against intra-state rival Rhode Island College at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletics Complex on Thursday afternoon.
Rhode Island College junior Danielle Landon (Wading River, N.Y.) notched six goals, including the game-winner with just 1:37 left on the clock. Junior Jessica Ricci (Hope, R.I.) also had a hat trick in the victory for the Anchorwomen.
Rhode Island College jumped out to the 3-0 lead just six minutes into the game after goals by junior Lauren Maisano (Bristol, R.I.), Ricci and senior Jessalyn O'Neill (North Providence, R.I.). The visiting Anchorwomen led by as many as four goals in the first half as Ricci's third of the game with 8:10 left in the first half made the score 9-5 for RIC. JWU closed out the half with a pair of goals by Kayla Smith (Eastham, Mass.) and Knapp to cut the lead to 9-7 heading into halftime.
Johnson & Wales took their first lead of the game when an unassisted goal by junior Natalie DiCocco (Media, Pa.) put the Wildcats up 10-9 with 20:07 remaining in the contest. Knapp put JWU up 13-11 at the 11:04 mark. RIC then ran off three straight, including two from Landon for the 14-13 lead. Knapp knotted the contest at 14-14 with an unassisted goal with 3:24 left on the clock. Landon then provided the heroics for RIC, scoring with 1:37 left to give the Anchorwomen the 15-14 lead.
Senior Taryn Carbone (Cranston, R.I.) notched 15 saves in the win for Rhode Island College while junior goalie Genevieve Giampietro (Meriden, Conn.) had six saves in the loss for JWU.
With the setback JWU falls to 4-4 overall while Rhode Island College improves to 1-1 on the year. The Wildcats will return to action on Saturday, March 22nd when they host Lasell in a Great Northeast Athletic conference contest starting at 1:00 p.m.