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Wildcats fall in home opener

Wildcats fall in home opener

The Wildcats returned to Denver to open their home schedule on Saturday evening against Midland University.

The visiting Warriors drew first blood after Katie Kirby scored on a free position attempt at 28:44. The 'Cats had control on the next draw, but a turnover stalled their momentum. The Warriors added two more goals to lead 3-0 just over five minutes into the period. Madison Herbert (Berthoud, Colo.) made a save on an attempt by Alyssa Velotta at 23:15. Herbert made two more saves at 20:45 and 20:34. 

Midland University found their fourth just under the 18 minute mark off a free position attempt to lead 4-0. Kyra Gangemi (Elkton, Md.) got the 'Cats on the board at 8:03 to cut the lead down to 5-1. Gangemi added a second goal at 4:32 off a free position attempt but the 'Cats still trailed 8-2. Midland took a 9-2 lead into the break.

On the other side of halftime, Hanna Jo Eady (Newnan, Ga.) took over in goal for the Wildcats to begin the period. The Warriors took an opening draw control and drove down the field to score and lead 10-2. Gangemi notched a hat trick for Johnson & Wales at 20:07, scoring her third of the game. The Wildcat's defense started to find it rhythm as they were able to get more stops as the clock continued. At the final whistle, the Warriors held the 16-3 advantage.

Gangemi had three goals on four shots on goal for Johnson & Wales and had five draw controls. Herbert made seven saves and Eady notched five saves. Mady Cline and Elyse Strebel each had four goals for the Warriors.

Johnson & Wales will host Clarke University on Thursday, March 9 at 3pm at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.