WATERBURY, Conn. - - The Wilmington University women's lacrosse team scored the first seven goals of the second half to pull away from Post, 17-7, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action at LaMoy Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats (1-3, 1-1 CACC) started strong as well, breaking a 1-1 tied game with four straight in a four minute span to break it open. Post (1-1, 1-1 CACC) scored the final two goals of the half to close the gap to with 7-4, but the Wildcats came out of the break on fire, scoring seven straight in the first 15 minutes.
Maddie Day started the game with the first goal, breaking the ice with 27:10 showing on the clock. After Post tied it, Taylor Lambeth, Brooke Siebert, Maddie Day, and Siebert again all tallied to open a 5-1 lead. Juliana Kolakowski and Lambeth scored back-to-back later in the half to open a 7-2 lead, but Post cut into the deficit with the final two goals of the half.
Amelie Gamache started the second half with a goal in the first minute of play, and the Wildcats were off and running. Taylor Lambeth followed while Riley McQuaide got on the score board with her first of the game to put the Wildcats up 10-4 with 23:41 left. Makenzie Stritzinger kept it going with her first goal while Gamache converted a free position shot to go up 12-4 with 19:21 to play. Lambeth and Siebert capped the scoring with two more goals for the visitors, opening up a 14-4 lead with 15:23 showing on the scoreboard.
Post broke the streak with a goal, but could only get to as close as 15-6 the rest of the way. Maris Allen and Gamache finished off the scoring for the Wildcats on the day as the score settled to 17-7.
The Wildcats led in shots, 29-22, despite not winning the draw control battle, 12-11. The Wildcats defense forced 16 Post turnovers, while Post turned the ball over 20 times altogether.
Taylor Lambeth led the Wildcats with four goals and three assists while Brooke Siebert scored three goals and added one assist. Amelie Gamache scored a hat trick and added an assist while Maddie Day also scored a hat trick.
Defensively, Brooke Siebert scooped up five ground balls and caused five turnovers. Marisa Swanson also scooped up five ground balls and added four caused turnovers in the win. Siebert led the way with seven draws.
The Wildcats have their home opener with their next contest, as they host Chestnut Hill in a CACC contest on Wednesday afternoon. The opening draw is set for 3:00 p.m. at the WU Athletics Complex.