PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - - Jefferson scored the final six goals to overtake the Wilmington University women's lacrosse team, 15-10, in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference opener on Tuesday at Ravenhill Field.
Maddie Day and Makenzie Stritzinger scored back-to-back goals to take a 10-9 lead for the Wildcats (0-3, 0-1 CACC), but Jefferson (4-1, 2-0 CACC) answered by scoring the final six goals of the game and take the conference opener.
Jefferson outshot the Wildcats, 18-8, in the first half, but the Wildcats led 3-1 in the early going, 5-4 with 3:31 to play, and only trailed at the half, 6-5. Tori Grubowski made seven saves in the half to keep the Wildcats in the game.
Maddi Day and Taylor Lambeth stormed out of the half to score the first two goals and regain the 7-6 lead with 19:28 left. After the Rams answered, Juliana Kolakowski converted a free position shot on the man-advantage to tie the game, 8-8 with 16:55 to play.
The Rams took a brief 9-8 lead, but the Wildcats answered with a goal from Day and a free position goal from Stritzinger to lead 10-9 with 11:06 left.
The Wildcats won the ensuing draw control, but the Rams forced a turnover and went the other way, scoring a goal to tie the game, 10-10 with 10:10 left. They went on to score five more goals, securing all five of the draw controls to regain possession and keep the Wildcats on defense. The Wildcats did not get another shot off in the game since they took the lead at 11:06.
Taylor Lambeth and Maddie Day led the team with four goals each while Brooke Siebert added two assists and five draws. Marisa Swanson led the team with four ground balls. Grubowski finished with 12 saves in the game.
The Wildcats return to action on Saturday when they travel to Waterbury, Connecticut, to take on Post in another CACC contest. The opening draw is set for 12:00 p.m.