Lions win in blowouts

By Anthony Caruso
Staff Writer

The Lions earned their 25th consecutive win against NJAC opponents. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)
The Lions earned their 25th consecutive win against NJAC opponents. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)

The women’s lacrosse team successfully came home with two blowout wins this week, as both victories were by more than 15 goals each.

On Tuesday, March 31, the team returned to Lions Stadium for the first time since Tuesday, March 10. In this game, the College went on to roll past Manhattanville Valiants, 18-0.

The Lions scored 13 goals in the first half before adding five in the second half. The Valiants did not register a single shot on goal in the game.

The attack was led by seniors Kendal Borup, Ava Fitzgerald and Erin Healy. Combined, they had 10 of the goals, and junior Cortney Natalicchio added four more.

Junior Megan Devlin, sophomore Mia Blackman and freshmen Kelsey Aeberli and Amanda Muller added a goal each.

“Having these past two wins at home allowed our team to really prepare ourselves for the rest of the season,” Fitzgerald said. “We were able to try some new things, see what worked and what didn’t necessarily suit us best. We have grown a lot as a team, and continue to grow as the season progresses, and being able to see that growth is exciting.”

Lions sophomore goalie Kelly Schlupp played the first half, before being replaced by freshman Christina Fabiano. Fabiano played the second half while Schlupp picked up the win.

Valiants sophomore goalie Lauren Cassidy allowed all 18 goals in 60 minutes and recorded only two saves.

On Saturday, April 4, the College also cruised past the Ramapo Roadrunners. In this game, they won 17-2 over their New Jersey Athletic Conference opponent.

The Lions led 14-2 in the first half before adding three more in the second half. The home team had 25 shots, while the visiting team from North Jersey had only six.

Fitzgerald scored six goals in this game, while Borup added three. Natalicchio, Blackman and Muller each scored two.

They were also joined by seniors Healy and Lauren Karpovich, who scored a goal each.

Schlupp was in net for the Lions for 35:50 and picked up the win while making a save. She was replaced by Fabiano, who finished the remaining 24:10 and had a save during her time in net.

Next up for the 7-2 Lions are the Rowan Profs in Glassboro, N.J., on Tuesday, April 7. So far this season, they are 3-2 on the road and perfect at home.

“These past couple of games have allowed us to get some newer faces on the field, which is always important,” Fitzgerald said. “The new faces are the future of the team, and getting them playing time is only going to benefit us in the long run. I think we are well prepared going into Rowan and know what we need to do to get the job done.