Johnson & Wales headed to the Lone Star state for a pair of games to open their 2018 season.
The first game of the year featured the 'Cats taking on future Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) foe University of Dallas. The host Crusaders got the opening faceoff win and looked to control some early of the early momentum but turned over the ball. UD got the first shot of the game but the attempt went wide. Their next attempt was on frame but JWU's Wiley Cates (Montclair, N.J.) made the save. The two sides traded possessions before Dallas got on the board first with 7:47 left in the first quarter. Jonathan MacCord (Franklin, Tenn.) put a shot on target for JWU with 4:24 left but UD's Christian Lopez made the stop.
Dallas closed out the first quarter with a 4-0 lead heading into the second. In the second quarter, the Crusaders continued to push the offensive tempo and extended their lead to an 11-0 advantage. Coleton Threlkeld (Cypress, Texas) put Johnson & Wales on the board with 1:29 to go before the half, picking up the ground ball off a faceoff and drove up the field to the goal. University of Dallas took a 12-1 lead into the break.
Deshaunte Longley (Bronx, N.Y.) added the second goal for Johnson & Wales less then five minutes into the third quarter as he took the ball from his face off win and put it past UD's Lopez. Josh Benton (Westminster, Colo.) got the 'Cats third with 5:15 left in the third quarter, again taking a ball off the face off and quickly getting a shot off. Josh Williamson (Horseheads, N.Y.) got on the scoresheet at 11:11 in the fourth following a save by Cates at the other end. Jean-Sebastien Vila (Fort Worth, Texas) gathered the ground ball after the save and the 'Cats offense cleared their zone with Williamson finishing the drive.
University of Dallas used their big second quarter to power their way to the 18-4 victory and hand JWU their first loss of the season.
Williamson and Threlkeld each had three shots on goal for Johnson & Wales and MacCord had two caused turnovers. Cates had 20 saves for Johnson & Wales and had a team high eight ground balls. The 'Cats combined for 12 of 26 face off wins.
Johnson & Wales will face Southwestern University on Friday evening at 7pm CT.