Women's Lacrosse Is Unable To Topple First-Place Georgian Court

(Photo by Steven R. Smith)
(Photo by Steven R. Smith)

LAKEWOOD, N.J. – The Felician University women's lacrosse team found limited offensive opportunities during its 20-1 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference loss to host Georgian Court University on Saturday afternoon at the Georgian Court Track & Field Complex.

Georgian Court (8-4, 4-0 CACC) is tied for first place in the CACC.

GCU maintained the advantage in possession for a majority of the game. The Lions controlled 15 of the game's 23 draws and owned a 25-11 edge in ground balls. The Lion defense harassed Felician into matching its season high of 26 turnovers.

Senior attack Nicole Barbella (Staten Island, N.Y.) had a hand in more than half of the Lions' output, registering three goals and eight assists. GCU featured 14 goal scorers, with junior Arianna Quinlan (Delran, N.J.) also finding the cage three times.

The hosts got off to a fast start, scoring five times in the game's first five minutes. Three goals in a 54-second stretch ending with 17:40 left in the first half made the score 9-0, and at the 15:15 mark, a goal by Sabrina Chandler (Jackson, N.J.) forced running time via NCAA rules. Freshman Valerie Adamo (Hicksville, N.Y.) put Felician on the scoreboard with an unassisted score with 3:55 to play, but the Golden Falcons allowed a goal with 0:59 showing and trailed at the break, 14-1.

The Lions left no doubt about the outcome by putting four more balls in the cage during the first nine minutes of period two

Sophomore Emileigh Esposito (Beachwood, N.J.) led the Felician defense with four ground balls. Golden Falcon junior goalkeeper Megan Euler (Toms River, N.J.) made 10 saves and picked up three ground balls in 45 minutes.

Felician is home on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. CACC contest against Caldwell University.