Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville women's lacrosse team had a dominating performance at home on Tuesday evening, defeating the Thiel Tomcats by the final score of 18-6.
The game started off fairly even between the two teams with the Spartans opening the scoring but Thiel netting the next two goals for a 2-1 lead. Tiffany Cristofanelli (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) would then score the next two goals for the Spartans followed by a goal from the Tomcats as the score was 3-3 through the first 16 minutes of play in the first.
Following the third Thiel goal, D'Youville would begin to take the game over. Amber Lundrigan (Rome, NY/Rome Free Academy) scored to give the Spartans the lead back at 4-3 with Cristofanelli scoring another pair to put D'Youville up by three. Riley Riedel (Marilla, NY/Iroquois) would score her first of the game to make the lead four, but Thiel would answer to bring the game within three goals once again at 7-4.
With under three minutes remaining in the first half, Margaret Merigold (Tonawanda, NY/Mt. St. Mary Academy) would add a goal with the team up a player to double make it an 8-4 game. To cap off the half, Marissa Markott (Sanborn, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) added her second of the game to send D'Youville into the half leading 9-4.
The scoring didn't stop from the Spartans as Sierra Brooks (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) opened up the scoring less than two minutes into the second, followed by Riedel's second of the game. Thiel would score another to make the score 11-5 in favor of the Spartans, but Brooks and Riedel scored back-to-back goals yet again to push the lead to eight.
Clarice Byrne (Boston, NY/Hamburg) scored the third team goal for D'Youville in under two minutes as the lead grew to nine. Just under half way through the second, Marina Campbell (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Catholic) scored her first of the game, sending D'Youville up by nine. The Tomcats would score five minutes later to bring their deficit back down to single digits, but D'Youville would not let up.
With under eight minutes to go in regulation, Riedel added her fourth goal of the game to make it a double-digit lead again. To finish off the scoring, Cristofanelli continued her dominance with another pair of goals as the women would go on to win their third game of the season, defeating Thiel by the final score of 18-6.
Cristofanelli had a fantastic game, scoring a team high six goals. Riedel continued to be an important player for the women with four goals and one assist, adding six ground balls and six caused turnovers – both team highs. Brooks and Markott each scored two goals with Merigold, Campbell, Lundrigan, and Byrne each tallied one. Isabella Lucania (Webster, NY/Webster-Schroeder) and Brooks each tallied two assists in the game as Riedel and Markott each recorded one.
Merigold hada team high five draw controls with Riedel tallying three. Four different players recorded three caused turnovers with 11 different players tallying two or more ground balls.
D'Youville's defense was outstanding in the game as Alison Gareis (Buffalo, NY/Buffalo Seminary), Julia Prychodko (East Aurora, NY/East Aurora), Julie Fleming (Tonawanda, NY/Mt. St. Mary Academy), and Amanda Waliszewski (Sanborn, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) all played extremely well in front of goalie Megan Dulniak (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga). Dulniak made 11 saves on 17 shots in the game for her third win of the season.
The team's bench played a strong game as Rachel McMahan (Grand Island, NY/Sacred Heart Academy), Anna Hayes (Hamburg, NY/Mt. St. Mary Academy), Kaylee Heschke (Newfane, NY/Newfane), Rebecca Sliwowski (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls), Byrne, and Lundrigan all contributed big minutes. In total, the accounted for seven shots, two ground balls, and three caused turnovers.
D'Youville will next host a pair of home conference games, beginning this Saturday as they host the Medaille Mavericks at 1:00pm. They will then host the Hilbert Hawks on Sunday, again at 1:00pm.