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Top Seed Georgian Court Handles No. 5 Women’s Lacrosse, 22-6, in CACC Tournament Semifinal

Top Seed Georgian Court Handles No. 5 Women’s Lacrosse, 22-6, in CACC Tournament Semifinal

LAKEWOOD, N.J. - - The 2022 season came to a close on Friday for the Wilmington University women's lacrosse team, falling 22-6 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament Semifinals to top seed Georgian Court at the GCU Track and Field Complex.

It was hard for the Wildcats (11-7) to find the back of the net early in the game, as the Lions (11-7) jumped out to a 5-0 lead. But it wasn't due to a lack of opportunities, as the Wildcats were only out shot, 12-10, in the first quarter, but they went 0-for-4 on free position shots and the Lions' netminder made four stops to allow her offense to get going.

Makenzie Stritzinger had the first attempt for the Wildcats, getting a free position attempt blocked with 13:29 to play in the first quarter. Lauren Gresham's rebound and shot sailed high as well for the Wildcats. Stritzinger had another opportunity from the spot with 10:05 to play, but her second attempt was saved by Alexis Hahn to keep it a 3-0 game.

Taylor Lambeth had a chance at 8:42 to play, but her free position shot went high and then Ella Baynes' attempt with 4:05 left in the quarter was saved as well. The Lions took the save and went down the field and scored, making it 5-0 with 3:43 to play in the quarter.

Amelie Gamache got the Wildcats on the board with 3:08 left in the quarter, but the Lions ended the quarter with the final three goals to take an 8-1 lead.

Ella Baynes scored the first goal of the second quarter and the Wildcats secured the ensuing draw to look to make a run, but a turnover gave the Lions the ball back and they scored to make it 9-2.

Taylor Lambeth scored with 6:44 left in the quarter but the Lions scored back-to-back goals to extend their lead out to 12-3. Amelie Gamache scored her second of the game with 2:27 before the half, but again the Lions had the last say in the quarter, scoring with 41 seconds left to go into the break leading 13-4.

The Lions put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring the Wildcats, 5-0, and the first two goals of the fourth quarter, making it an 8-0 spanning the second, third, and fourth quarters to take a 20-4 lead.

Amelie Gamache led the Wildcats with two goals and an assist while Taylor Lambeth finished with a goal and an assist. Lauren Gresham dished out two assists in the loss. Makenzie Stritzinger collected seven draws while Tori Grubowski made five saves and Katie Vindigni made one stop in goal for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats have advanced to the CACC Tournament Semifinals for the third time in head coach Kevin Day's five years.