Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville women's lacrosse team went down to the visiting SUNY Poly Wildcats Saturday afternoon in their first North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game by the final score of 20-16.
D'Youville opened the scoring with a pair of goals in the first five minutes of the game from Isabella Lucania (Webster, NY/Webster-Schroeder) and Riley Riedel (Marilla, NY/Iroquois). Poly would score four of the next five goals to lead 4-3 through nearly 18 minutes of play before Sierra Brooks (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) tied the game at 4-4 with 10:43 to go in the half.
The Wildcats would close out the first half scoring three goals as the teams continued to battle. With their three goals, Poly would go into the half leading 7-4.
Both teams took their offenses to another level in the second half, combining for nine goals in the first 10 minutes of play. Riedel and Tiffany Cristofanelli (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) scored the first three goals for the Spartans as D'Youville trailed 9-7 through the first five minutes of play.
Poly would then begin to get going even more as over the next 10 minutes they would extend their lead to 16-9. The Spartans would bounce back as Brooks scored a pair to go with a Marina Campbell (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Catholic) goal to pull the women back to within four with just over 12 minutes to go in the game.
The deficit for the women would grow to eight as they fell behind 20-12 with 7:33 remaining in regulation. D'Youville would then take over as Cristofanelli, Marissa Markott (Sanborn, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield), Brooks, and Lucania would score four consecutive goals for the women as the Spartans were quickly behind by four. However, those four goals would be the final ones of the game as D'Youville fell in their first conference game 20-16.
Riedel led the team with five points and four goals – both career highs. Brooks also tallied four goals with Lucania scoring three, Markott and Crsitofanelli scoring two each, and Campbell netting one. Cristofanelli and Markott both each had a team high two assists as well.
Campbell and Amanda Waliszewski (Sanborn, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) led the team with four ground balls each as four additional Spartans had three each. Campbell grabbed team high draw controls with Alison Gareis (Buffalo, NY/Buffalo Seminary) leading the team with two caused turnovers.
In goal, Megan Dulniak (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) made 17 saves on 37 shots. She played all 60 minutes in goal.
The next game for the women comes this Tuesday, March 26 as they host the Thiel Tomcats at 6:30pm in their second game of a five-game home stand.