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April 16, 2014

Lacrosse Topped by JWU, 13-8

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University of Saint Joseph lacrosse team staged a furious second-half rally for the second time in two games, but came out on the short end of a 13-8 Great Northeast Athletic Conference game Wednesday at Johnson & Wales.

Johnson & Wales improved to 8-7 overall and 5-4 in the GNAC. St. Joseph is 3-9 overall and 2-7 in the conference. USJ can still earn its first-ever berth in the GNAC Tournament with a win in its final regular-season game when it hosts Mount Ida, Sat. March 19 at noon. USJ will honor its five seniors before the game.

Wednesday, JWU built too big a lead to be caught. Goals from Dayna Gambino (Newington, Conn.) and Erika Leitao (Southington, Conn.) staked St. Joseph to a 2-1 lead in the opening minutes. But JWU scored the final eight goals of the half to lead 9-2 at the break and the first three of the second half to go ahead 12-2 midway through the second half.

The Blue Jays then ripped off five scores in a row, one by Leitao, three consecutively from Gambino and one by Rachel Foster (Newington, Conn.) to get within 12-7. But with just 3:30 to play, time expired before the Blue Jays could get any closer.

Gambino finished with four goals, Leitao had three goals and an assist and Foster one goal. JWU earned more possessions by winning control on 19 of 23 faceoffs.