JWU's second-half rally comes up short

Madisyn Tulenchik
Madisyn Tulenchik

DENVER – A furious second-half rally by the Johnson & Wales University women's lacrosse team came up short in a 15-7 loss to visiting Puget Sound on Tuesday at Aurora Sports Park.

Down 11-2 eight minutes into the second half of their 2019 home opener, the Wildcats scored five of the next six goals to cut the deficit to five, 12-7, with 9:08 to play. The Loggers (2-3) scored three unanswered over the final 8:31 to halt JWU Denver's comeback.

Freshman Madisyn Tulenchik (Victoria, MN) scored three goals in what was the second-highest scoring game of the season for the Wildcats (1-5). Classmate Jochelyn Suglio (Orlando, FL) scored twice and had two assists in her first multi-goal game of her career.

Junior Ashley Guerrero (Downey, CA) also found the back of the net for her team-leading ninth goal of the season. Sophomore Marcela Talavera (Newark, TX) scored her first career goal at the 10:45 mark of the second half, fueling JWU's second-half comeback as the Wildcats scored three straight goals in the span of 1 minute, 37 seconds.

Lauren Mastin, Ali Walker and Hannah Bushing scored three goals each to lead PSU.

Freshman Brigid McCollam (New Fairfield, CT) started in goal for JWU and made 10 saves. Fellow freshman Trent Flanagan (Windermere, FL) played the final 10:45 in relief of McCollam and made four saves.

After trailing 8-1 at halftime, the Wildcats were able to tightened things up after the break, finishing with a 17-15 advantage in second-half ground balls. Freshman Julianna Lozada (Poway, CA) totaled a game-high eight ground balls while senior Katie Smith (Livermore, CA) had four ground balls and five draw controls.