Women's Lacrosse Falls To Molloy On Chilly Sunday

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Malikah Croom (3) had six ground balls in a Mar. 4, 2018, home loss to Molloy. (Steven R. Smith)

LYNDHURST, N.J. – Molloy College amassed advantages of 44-7 in shots and 43-18 in ground balls while earning a 23-0 non-conference women's lacrosse victory over host Felician University on Sunday afternoon at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.

Junior attack/midfielder Brianna Wilson (Levittown, N.Y./Island Trees) topped Molloy (1-3) with five goals and three assists. She also controlled a game-high nine draws. Teammate Jessica Markowitz (Baldwin, N.Y.) picked up four goals, one assist and five draw controls.

Freshman defender/midfielder Malikah Croom (Plainsboro, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro South) had six ground balls and two caused turnovers for Felician (0-2). Golden Falcon sophomore goalie Qamar Smith (Carteret, N.J./Rahway) made 12 saves.

Temperatures were in the mid-40s at game time, and a steady wind brought down the true feel of that mark. Other than Markowitz, who scored twice in the first three minutes, the offenses started similarly cold.

In the middle stages of the first half, Wilson netted three consecutive goals, the last at the 14:15 mark, to put the visitors ahead, 6-0. With 6:42 left in the period, the second of three straight goals by Molloy junior Molloy Brown (Massapequa, N.Y.) enacted running time at 10-0. Brown scored again at the 5:29 mark, and the Lions entered intermission with a 13-0 bulge.

Molloy scored its 10 second-half goals on just 16 shots. They were by eight different players.

The Lions' Jessica Carere (East Islip, N.Y.) and Alexandra Long (Oceanside, N.Y.) split the shutout in goal, with each making three saves.

Felician plays twice on a spring break trip to North Carolina, including a 3 p.m. tilt on Monday against Catawba College.