Golden Falcons Drop CACC Tilt To Griffins

Women's lacrosse battle for ball
(Photo by Steven R. Smith)

LYNDHURST, N.J. – Chestnut Hill College featured 13 different goal scorers in its 22-1 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's lacrosse victory over host Felician University on Tuesday night at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.

Attack Julia Galantich (Clinton Corners, N.Y./Millbrook) played a large role in running the Chestnut Hill offense. The senior led all players with nine draw controls, and set a Griffin record with 10 assists. She also scored once. CHC (7-4, 4-1) received five goals, two assists, six ground balls, and six draw controls from senior midfielder Hunter Leckonby (Charleston, S.C./Academic Magnet).

Freshman Jashima Brathwaite (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Hollywood Hills) avoided the shutout for Felician (0-9, 0-5), tallying from the free position spot with 10 minutes, 33 seconds, left in the contest.

The Griffins were quick to dent the scoreboard, with Leckonby finding the net after just 55 seconds had elapsed. With six minutes gone by, the visitors led, 5-0, and with 18:20 left in the first half, CHC forced running time with a 10-0 lead. Chestnut Hill sophomore Patty Reidlova (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Hubert's) scored at the 0:49 mark to allow her team to lead, 16-0, at halftime.

The Griffins scored on seven of their 12 second-half shots, including twice after Brathwaite's goal for the final margin.

CHC accumulated a 36-10 shot advantage, including 24-2 in the opening period. The Griffins led, 23-14, in ground balls. Sophomore Mary Kroppe (Wyomissing, Pa./Berks Catholic) recorded three goals, one assist and three draw controls off the Chestnut Hill bench, and freshman goalkeeper Shenna Grady (West Chester, Pa./West Chester Bayard Rustin) made seven second-half saves in relief of starter and winner Valeria Amaya (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd).

Freshman Malikah Croom (Plainsboro, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro South) picked up three ground balls to lead Felician, and sophomore Christianna Louzan (Manchester, N.J./Manchester Township) collected both of the hosts' draw controls. Felician sophomore goalie Qamar Smith (Carteret, N.J./Rahway) was credited with 10 saves.

Felician concludes a three-game homestand with a make-up against Holy Family University on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Lyndhurst.