PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The sixth-seeded University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's lacrosse team fell to the defending Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) champions, third-seeded Johnson & Wales University (JWU), 24-7, on the SMAC Lacrosse Field Saturday afternoon in the GNAC Quarterfinals.
The Blue Jays were anchored by the play of their seniors, attack Abigail Horner (Niantic, Conn.) and midfielder Symantha Fazzino (Newington, Conn.), who scored two goals each in their final career game. The Wildcats were led by the sharpshooting duo of senior attack Dani Lydecker (Valley College, N.Y.) and senior midfielder Marley Medina (South Hadley, Mass.), who combined for 12 of the team's 24 goals. Lydecker and Medina scored the first two for JWU, who led from start to finish.
The Blue Jays were down 3-0 early before cutting the margin to one, 3-2, with 21 minutes to go in the first half. It wouldn't get any closer than that though, as JWU rattled off five straight goals, and never looked back, taking a 15-5 halftime lead.
Score: #6 Saint Joseph 7, #3 Johnson & Wales 24
Records: USJ (1-3) JWU (5-3)
Location: SMAC Lacrosse Field | Providence, R.I.
Notes: GNAC Quarterfinals
COACH QUOTE [Karen Nell]
"This has been a challenging season with so many starts and stops, but I am very proud of how hard the team played from beginning to end in their first playoff game. We will use this experience to build on for next year."
NUMBER TO KNOW
10 – The Blue Jays were minus 10 in the draw control department (21-11), allowing the Wildcats to consistently get their offense in position.
USJ – Junior Nina Lestrud (Torrington, Conn.) went the distance, allowing 24 goals on 31 shots and saving seven. She finishes the 2021 season 1-3 between the pipes for the Blue Jays.
JWU – Freshman Emma Crowley (Leicester, Mass.) picked up her first career playoff win (5-3), sending back 10 shots in 54-plus minutes in the cage. Sophomore goalie Bryce Naiman (Midlothian, Va.) also saw time late for JWU.
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