This past Saturday the Women’s Lacrosse Team won their first home game with a decisive score of 15-3 over visiting Mount St. Mary’s College. Krysta Centro (’15) led the way for the Rangers’ scoring with six goals. Nikki Kleiman (’15) and Alexandria Mattiace (’14) both added three goals. Centro also led the team in ground balls with six.
Centro opened up scoring within the first minute of play, followed by a Kleiman score. Alexandra Mattiace (’14) scored her first goal of the season as the Rangers added another five goals before halftime. Mattiace continued to impress by scoring another two goals in the second half.
Drew never let up, playing with an equally fast tempo in both halves. The Lady Rangers took numerous shots throughout the game, with 21 in the first half and 17 in the second. With the exception of saves, Drew topped the Knights in every statistical category.
“We were focused on being aggressive on draws from the start,” said Aubrey Chow (’14). “We used our speed and stick skills to our advantage on the offensive side of the field while focusing on locking off adjacent [slides] allowing us to shut down Mount’s offense.”
The Rangers next faced instate rival Montclair St. University this past Wednesday in a closely decided overtime loss. Centro and Kleiman came out with dominating performances. Kleiman scored six goals with three assists for nine points and Centro scored four goals while assisting on two others for six total points. CC Carlini (’14) made a season high nine saves.
Drew began the game strong, topping the Red Hawks 10-7 in the first half, but would lose the second 7-4. It took the Red Hawks two overtimes to top the Rangers after winning a crucial draw control.
“Due to some illegal checks on defense, two of our best players fouled out during the second half,” said Chow. “We took advantage of Montclair’s middies and capitalized on our eight meters to run up the score. After double overtime Montclair scored to break the tie with two minutes left.”
Drew next travels to Pennsylvania to face Swarthmore College on Friday, March 8th. The Garnet Tide are 1-0 after defeating Eastern University 14-1.