The women's lacrosse squad dropped a 10-7 decision against St. Joseph's of Maine in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference contest on the road on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Cassie Diplock (Augusta, Maine) scored a game-high six goals to lead the way for St. Joseph's while freshman Lydia Knapp (Glens Falls, N.Y.) tallied two goals and added three assists in the setback for Johnson & Wales. JWU sophomore Jessica Schmell (Coopersburg, Pa.) contributed a goal and an assist while junior Natalie DiCocco (Media, Pa.) scored a goal and posted five ground balls in the setback for the Wildcats.
After back and forth action to start the game, Johnson &Wales took the 5-4 lead on a man-up goal by freshman Kayla Smith (Eastham, Mass.) with 8:08 left in the first half. St. Joseph's then scored three unanswered goals, including two from Diplock, to take the 7-5 lead going into halftime.
Smith scored her second goal of the afternoon 10:45 into the second stanza to cut the lead to 7-6. The host Monks responded, however as Diplock scored just over five minutes later to help the hosts regain a two-goal cushion. JWU sophomore Anna Oshiro (Gloucester, Mass.) made it a one-goal game once again with a goal at the 9:24 mark. Diplock answered with her second free-position goal of the day with 4:42 left. Sophomore Kat Gadbois (Scarborough, Maine) added an insurance goal at the 1:45 mark to lead the Monks to the 10-7 victory.
Seniors Haley Nason (Saco, Maine) and Elizabeth Giacchino (Melrose, Mass.) split the game in goal for the Monks, with the Nason picking up the win after making three saves in the first half. Junior goalie Genevieve Giampietro (Meriden, Conn.) made 15 stops in the setback for Johnson & Wales.
With the loss Johnson & Wales falls to 5-6 overall and 2-3 in the GNAC while St. Joseph's of Maine improves to 4-5 overall and 4-0 in league play. The Wildcats will return to action on Tuesday, April 1st when they travel to Albertus Magnus for a GNAC contest slated to start at 4:00 p.m.