Women's Lacrosse Stifled By Georgian Court Defense

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Emileigh Esposito picked up three ground balls in an Apr. 7, 2018, home loss to Georgian Court. (Steven R. Smith)

LYNDHURST, N.J. – The Georgian Court University women's lacrosse team secured its hold on first place in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference with a 16-2 league victory over host Felician University on Saturday morning at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.

Georgian Court (7-6, 5-0 CACC) tallied the game's first seven and final seven goals. The Lions received goals from all 14 roster members who appeared as field players in the contest. GCU junior midfielder Nicole Barbella (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville) topped all players with five points on one goal and four assists, and the Lions' Taylor Bauerband (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) (one assist) and Caroline Keller (Freehold, N.J./Colts Neck) scored twice each.

Sophomore Christianna Louzan (Manchester, N.J./Manchester Township) and freshman Malikah Croom (Plainsboro, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro South) picked up first-half free-position goals for the Golden Falcons (0-8, 0-4).

Felician's two goals were the only shots it was able to get off on the day. The Lions picked up 22 ground balls as compared to nine for the hosts, and caused 12 of the Golden Falcons' 27 turnovers.

GCU led, 5-0, after five minutes, 45 seconds of play. The spread was 7-0 when Louzan scored her 11th of the season with 15:35 left in the first half. When Croom scored her seventh of the campaign at the 7:52 mark, it pulled the Golden Falcons to within 9-2. But the visitors scored three more times in the period, with Lauren Onnembo's (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Boro) goal at 3:30 forcing running time.

The Lions found the net on four of their seven second half shots.

Bauerband led all players with eight draw controls, while Keller had five ground balls and four caused turnovers. Freshman Emileigh Esposito (Beachwood, N.J./Toms River South) paced Felician with three ground balls and sophomore goalie Qamar Smith (Carteret, N.J./Rahway) made 11 saves.

Felician continues a stretch of three consecutive home games by welcoming Chestnut Hill College to Lyndhurst on Tuesday.