The women's lacrosse team used four goals from sophomore Jessica Schmell (Coopersburg, Pa.) and two goals and three assists from freshman Kayla Smith (Eastham, Mass) to earn a 13-8 victory over St. Joseph of Connecticut in Great Northeast Conference action on Wednesday at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletics Complex.
Saint Joseph got on the board early when junior Dayna Gambino (Newington, Conn.) scored just 1:32 into the first half. JWU fell behind 2-1, but rallied to score the next eight goals, including two from freshman Lydia Knapp (Glens Falls, N.Y.) to take the 9-2 lead heading into halftime.
Schmell wasted no time getting the Wildcats on the board in the second half scoring her fourth goal of the game with a free position goal 2:37 into the half. JWU extended their lead to 10, 12-2, after junior Brittany Manfro (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) scored a pair of goals, both assisted by Smith. St Joseph scored the next five goals, including a hat trick from Gambino to cut the lead to 12-7. The teams each scored one more goal to make the score 13-8 which is where it stayed until the final buzzer sounded.
The Wildcats were paced by Schmell, Smith and Manfro who combined for eight goals and three assists. St Joseph was led by Gambino who finished with four goals and senior Erika Leitao (Southington, Conn.) who finished with three goals and one assists.
Junior Genevieve Giampietro (Meriden, Conn.) made 12 saves in the victory for JWU while senior Anne Pitoniak (West Haven, Conn.) had 12 stops in the loss for Saint Joseph.
With the win the Wildcats improve to 8-7 overall and 5-4 in GNAC play while the Bluejays fall to 3-9 on the season and 2-7 in GNAC action. JWU returns to action on Saturday, April 19 when then host Norwich at 1:00 P.M. at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletics Complex. A pre-game ceremony will be held to honor this year's seniors.