WHITTIER, Calif. – Three Felician University freshmen – Sam Majewski (Binghamton, N.Y.), Asha Harper (Manchester, N.J.) and Cara Johnson (Manchester, N.J.) – produced multi-goal games despite the Golden Falcons' 22-10 non-conference loss to host Whittier College on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
All three players found the back of the net for the first time in their collegiate careers. Majewski led Felician (0-2) with four goals, while Harper registered five points on three goals and two assists. Johnson scored twice and another Golden Falcon freshman, Jordyn Juvelier (Centereach, N.Y.), rounded out the scoring for the visitors with a goal and two assists.
Whittier was led by seven goals, one assist and seven draw controls from senior Lexie Meanor (Sewickley, Pa.). Poet senior Gabby Boller (Howell, N.J.) recorded two goals, 10 assists and team highs of four ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Whitter, which never trailed, jumped out to a 5-1 lead after 12 minutes, five seconds, of action. Consecutive Harper goals pulled Felician to within 6-4, but Poet junior Zorida Castro (San Diego, Calif.) answered with a pair, the latter with 8:42 to play in the first half. Majewski scored at the 4:31 mark of the half for a 9-6 Golden Falcon deficit, but two backbreaking scores in the final 38 seconds by Whittier junior Morgan Miracle (Tustin, Calif.) allowed the hosts to enter halftime ahead, 11-6.
Markers by Harper and Juvelier fewer than three minutes apart restored the five-goal disadvantage for the visitors, 13-8, with 24:26 left in regulation time. But the Golden Falcons were unable to put together consecutive scores for the rest of the game. After Johnson netted a shot with 17:14 to play to pull Felician to within 16-10, her team went scoreless for the balance of the day.
Whittier out-shot the Golden Falcons, 44-19. Felician junior goalkeeper Megan Euler (Manchester, N.J.) made 14 saves and led her team with six ground balls. The Poets held the advantage in draw controls, 23-10.
Felician opens its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference slate on Mar. 19, when it hosts Nyack College at 7 p.m. at the Lyndhurst (N.J.) Recreation Complex.