New Haven, Conn. - Despite a hat trick from from sophomore's Courtney Cacace (Brookfield, Conn.) and Kaitlin D'Agostino (Hamden, Conn.), the Albertus Magnus College women's lacrosse team came up short at home, 9-7, to in-state foe the University of Saint Joseph's (Conn.) in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) battle on Monday evening at Celentano Field.
FINAL SCORE: Saint Joseph's (Conn.) 9 | Albertus Magnus 7
RECORDS: Albertus Magnus (4-11, 0-10) | Saint Joseph's (Conn.) (4-9, 1-9)
HOW IT HAPPENED
D'Agostino started things off for the Falcons scoring her first of the game, off a nice feed from Alex Chan (Monroe, N.Y.), to give the hosts the early edge, 1-0, less than 45 seconds in. Five minutes later, Saint Joseph's (Conn.) went on a 4-0 scoring run to take over the lead, 4-1, but sophomore Sabrina Pohlig (West Palm Beach, Fl.) cut the visitors' lead in half, 4-2, with her seventh of the season.
Despite outscoring the Blue Jays, 2-1, over the final 10 minutes of the half, the Falcons would trail by one, 5-4, at the half.
The Blue Jays opened the second half with a 3-1 run to take an 8-5 lead over Albertus before back-to-back goals from Cacace and D'Agostino brought the score to within one, 8-7, with 9:21 remaining. However, Saint Joseph's sealed the conference win, 9-7, after scoring a goal at the 4:29 mark.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
- Albertus Magnus - Lexi Fenn (L, 4-11): 9 Goals-Against | 7 Saves | 16 Shots
- Saint Joseph's (Conn.) - Emily Bourassa (W, 4-9): 7 Goals-Against | 7 Saves | 14 Shots
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- The Blue Jays edged the Falcons in shots, 23-22, and in ground balls, 30-27.
- Along with her three goals, Cacace collected a team-best six ground balls as well as tallied four draws and two caused turnovers.
- Charlotte Eberhardt and Hannah Lemek paced the visitors' offense with four goals each while Eberhardt posted a game-high seven ground balls.
- Lemek also led the Blue Jays in draws with three.
- Saint Joseph's (Conn.) finished 4-of-7 in free position shots and was 15-of-23 in clear attempts.
- Albertus Magnus was 1-of-6 in free position shots and 17-of-19 in clears.
- The Falcons won the draw control battle, 12-6, including a team-high four from Cacace and Robyn Grimshaw (Waterbury, Conn.).
- Lexie Fenn (Oakville, Conn.) and Cacace led the defensive unit with two caused turnovers.
- Eberhardt collected five of the Blue Jays six caused turnovers.
The women's lacrosse team closes out the 2018 season with a home non-conference game against Mt. St. Vincents on Thursday, April 26. Prior to Thursday's non-conference against the Dolphins, the women's lacrosse team will be honoring its three member senior class - Michele Guerrera (Watertown, Conn.), Alex Chan (Monroe, N.Y.) and Robyn Grimshaw (Waterbury, Conn.).