Aurora, NY – The D'Youville women's lacrosse team lost a hard fought game on Saturday afternoon to the Wells Express, falling by the score of 15-13.
Wells was able to impose their will on offense early in the first half. They scored five unanswered goals in the first seven minutes of the game to build a solid lead over the Spartans. Jillian Golding (Lockport, NY/Lockport) then took over on offense for D'Youville, scoring three goals for the women as they trailed 7-3. The Express would add three more goals before halftime and led 10-3 over D'Youville after 30 minutes.
D'Youville came out in the second half and had a very strong response to the Express. Sierra Brooks (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island), Rebecca Sliwowski (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls), and Golding scored the first three goals of the half to get the women right back in it, trailing 10-6. Wells would then score a pair of goals to double their lead once again at 12-6 with just over 22 minutes to go in regulation.
The offense for the Spartans continued to trend upwards as they scored four of the next five goals in the game. Marina Campbell (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Catholic) scored a pair and assisted on Isabella Lucania's (Webster, NY/Webster-Schroeder) first goal of the game to combine with to Brooks' second goal of the game and D'Youville trailed 13-10.
With less than 10 minutes to go in the game, the Wells lead grew back up to four. That lead remained at four until Lucania closed the gap to three with just over four minutes to go. Marissa Markott (Sanborn, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) then added her first goal of the game and the deficit was down to two, but the women were unable to come all the way back as they fell to the Express by the final of 15-13.
Several different players stepped up for the Spartans on offense on Saturday. Golding led the way with five goals, followed by Brooks, Lucania, and Campbell with a pair of goals each. Both Sliwowski and Markott had goals each while Brooks, Lucania, and Golding each had three draw controls.
Julia Prychodko (East Aurora, NY/East Aurora) and Golding tied for the team lead in ground balls with four each as Markott, Callan Smith (Amherst, NY/Amherst), Campbell, and Alison Gareis (Buffalo, NY/Buffalo Seminary) each had two. In goal, Megan Dulniak (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) made 19 saves on 34 shots.
The next game for the women comes this Tuesday, April 3 as they will travel to Allegheny. They will play the Gators at 7:00pm.