Women's Lacrosse Is Defeated By Jefferson In CACC Action

Closeup action of women's lacrosse midfielder.
Malikah Croom had two goals during a Mar. 30, 2019, home loss to Jefferson. (Steven R. Smith)

LYNDHURST, N.J. – The Jefferson Rams scored on three of their first four shots to jumpstart their 23-3 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's lacrosse victory over host Felician University on Saturday morning at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.

Sophomore midfielder Malikah Croom (Sicklerville, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro South) recorded two goals and freshman attack Jordyn Juvelier (Centereach, N.Y./Centereach) also scored for Felician (0-5. 0-2 CACC). Junior midfielder Sarah von Lange (Marriotsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) led a balanced Jefferson offense with six points on four goals and two assists, including the 100th point of her career.

The Rams (3-3, 2-0) controlled early possessions, winning the game's first 10 draws. After Felician goalkeeper Megan Euler (Toms River, N.J./Manchester Township) stopped Jefferson's first shot, the visitors tallied on their next three attempts. The Rams forced a Felician timeout after moving ahead, 5-0, with 8 ½ minutes elapsed.

Croom scored on a free-position attempt with 13:09 left in the first half to cut Jefferson's lead to 10-1 and temporarily halt the NCAA running clock. But Ram sophomore Teagen Hay (Mays Landing, N.J./Oakcrest) found the cage 49 seconds later. The visitors led, 17-1 at halftime.

Freshman Jada Blaize (Jamaica, N.Y./Channel View) assisted on both second-half Felician goals for her first two points of the season. Blaize also led Felician with three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Jefferson accumulated advantages of 40-10 in shots (31-3 in the first half) and 21-10 in ground balls (17-6). Euler and freshman Kyela Dixon (Lauderhill, Fla./Plantation) played a half apiece in net, combining for 10 saves.

Hay and sophomore Lexi Patania (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) each finished with three goals and two assists for the Rams.

Felician concluded a three-game homestand. The Golden Falcons play another CACC contest on Wednesday when they travel to Newark, Del., for a 4 p.m. draw against Wilmington (Del.) University.