Slow start too costly for women's lacrosse

Sirena Borja
Sirena Borja

DENVER – The Johnson & Wales University women's lacrosse team was unable to overcome a slow start Wednesday at Aurora Sports Park, dropping a 19-12 contest to visiting Marian University (Wisconsin).

Sally Moris scored six of her 10 goals in the opening 20 minutes to lead the Sabers (3-4) to a 9-2 first-half lead. JWU junior Ashley Guerrero (Downey, CA) scored twice and freshman Madisyn Tulenchik (Victoria, MN) once in the final 6:09 of the first half to cut the Wildcats' deficit to 12-5 at the break.

JWU Denver (1-6) continued to climb back in it after halftime with a pair of Tulenchik goals in the first five minutes. Senior Katie Smith (Livermore, CA) then capped a 3-0 Wildcat run to close the gap to four, 12-8, at the 22:03 mark.

Smith scored all four of her goals in the second half, the final two coming midway through the frame to get the Wildcats within four again. However, JWU was unable to pull any closer as the Sabres held the Wildcats off the board over the final 9 minutes.

Along with the four goals each from Tulenchik and Smith, Guerrero and freshman Julianna Lozada (Poway, CA) both had two scores to help JWU match its highest-scoring game of the season. Tulenchik added 11 draw controls to help the Wildcats post a season-high 16 DCs.

Freshmen Trent Flanagan (Windermere, FL) and Brigid McCollam (New Fairfield, CT) split time in net and combined to make 10 saves.

JWU also finished with its most shots (27) and most shots on goal (21) in a game this season, but those were offset by a 31-17 deficit in ground balls and a 11-for-23 conversion rate in clears.