The Wildcats hosted University of Dallas on Sunday morning in a contest that served as a preview to the 'Cats move to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) in the 2018-2019 academic year.
Katie Smith (Livermore, Calif.) got the Wildcats on the boad in the opening 30 seconds with a free position goal after 29 seconds of play. Both teams did the best on the defensive side of the ball in the opening 10 minutes as they continued to force turnovers through the first third of the period. Lexi Leite put the Crusaders on the board at 20:10 to tie the game 1-1. Kyra Gangemi (Elkton, Md.) added another for Johnson & Wales at 17:10 to tie the game 2-2. As the period continued, the 'Cats added two more goals from Caroline Ellis and Smith to take a 4-3 lead.
At the break, the two teams were tied 5-5 after 30 minutes of play.
The second half saw the Crusaders retool their offensive rhythm and add two early goals to lead 7-5. The 'Cats continued to look for a chance to get back on the board but UD's Olivia Severson made the saves when she needed to. The Crusaders held the Wildcats off the board in the second half to take the 10-5 win.
Smith had three goals on six shots for the Wildcats and three different players had two ground balls each. Hanna Jo Eady (Newnan, Ga.) had eight saves for Johnson & Wales. Leite and Erika Keever led University of Dallas with three goals each. UD's Severson made four saves.
The Wildcats will head to southern Colorado on Thursday for an afternoon contest at Adams State University.