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Women’s Lacrosse Overcomes Slow Start to Beat Fredonia

Bethany Wolcott at Fredonia on April 7, 2021. (Courtesy of Ron Szot/Fredonia Athletics)
Bethany Wolcott at Fredonia on April 7, 2021. (Courtesy of Ron Szot/Fredonia Athletics)

Using a three-goal burst in the final 1:40 of the first half, the D'Youville women's lacrosse team earned its second win of the season by defeating Fredonia, 12-9, on Wednesday evening in Fredonia, N.Y.

The non-conference victory moved the Saints to 2-4 for the campaign, while the Blue Devils shifted to 0-4 overall.

Highlighted by five goals off the stick of junior midfielder Riley Riedel, four Saints tallied multi-goal performances, while Fredonia was powered by four goals from Erin Woods.

Fredonia broke through first in the contest, as Woods scored a pair of goals within the first four minutes before Riedel answered with a free position goal at the 25:34 mark. The Blue Devils scattered three more goals from three different goal scorers over the next 15 minutes, but senior midfielder Isabella Lucania stopped the stretch with her first goal of the evening, getting one past the Fredonia keeper with 9:03 remaining in the half.

Both goalkeepers kept the contest scoreless for seven minutes before Lucania found the back of the net again at the 1:40 mark. Lucania's second tally of the night began a quick run that saw the Saints rack up three goals in one minute, as junior midfielder Tiffany Cristofanelli scored 15 seconds later and senior attacker Marissa Markott buried one with 40 seconds left in the frame that brought the game even heading into halftime.

Coming out for the second stanza, D'Youville turned on the gas by scoring five goals over the first 15 minutes while keeping Fredonia off the scoreboard. Riedel got the scoring surge started at the 27:17 mark, and sophomore midfielder Bethany Wolcott added her only goal of the contest less than a minute later. With 24:29 remaining, Riedel got her third goal of the game off a Markott assist, and Reidel tallied her fourth score with 17:54 on the clock to make it 9-5 D'Youville.

The Saints added one more on their run with Markott beating the Blue Devils' goalie at 15:52, but Fredonia made it interesting by ripping off three goals in just over three minutes of action. With the score sitting at 10-8 with 5:26 left, Riedel added her fifth and final goal of the night off a pass from Cristofanelli to give the Saints some insurance. Cristofanelli also scored again less than a minute later to extend the lead, but Woods would register her fourth goal of the game with 1:57 remaining to cut the deficit to three and finish off the game's scoring.

Freshman goalkeeper Hannah Wilson picked up her second collegiate victory on the back of a season-best 11 saves, while Fredonia's Emily Carr made 10 saves in the loss.

Notables – Wednesday's win is D'Youville's first over Fredonia in four meetings between the programs … Riedel's five tallies are the most for her since a six-goal contest against Elmira on March 7, 2020 … Despite being held off the scoresheet, sophomore attacker Danielle Thompson finished with a team-high four ground balls and four caused turnovers … Six Saints collected multiple ground balls … Riedel also had a team-high four caused turnovers, and racked up a game-high eight draw controls … Fredonia held a narrow edge in ground balls, 20-19 … D'Youville won the turnover battle, as Fredonia committed 20 turnovers while the Saints gave the ball away 15 times … The Saints were successful on all but one clear attempt, while the Blue Devils went 17-for-22 on clears.

Up Next – The Saints will welcome No. 20 Roberts Wesleyan to Dobson Field on Saturday, April 10. That contest will begin at 1 p.m. following the pre-game Senior Day ceremony.