Wildcats Cannot Solve Holy Family’s Melissa Jenkins, Fall 15-2 to CACC Leading Tigers
WLax: WU 2 - Holy Family 15
Thursday, April 19, 2012 - Philadelphia, Pa.
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Junior Molly Taylor put the Wildcats on the board with a first half goal
Junior Meggan Apgar the Wildcat's second goal at Holy Family
The Wilmington University women’s lacrosse team went toe-to-toe with Holy Family in shots in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference matchup, but the Wildcats could not solve Tiger goalkeeper Melissa Jenkins, falling 15-2 at Tiger Field.
Wilmington (8-6, 5-5 CACC) had 25 shots on the day, one behind CACC leading Holy Family (10-4, 9-1 CACC), but went 46:40 of game time without scoring a goal, falling a half-game behind Dominican for the fourth and final CACC Tournament spot with two games to play. The two teams play each other on Saturday at Kirkwood.
The game started with seven shots for Wilmington and a pair of saves for goalkeeper Kaitlyn Hall in the first seven and a half minutes, but the Tigers struck first as Marissa Lawson beat Hall for the game’s first goal with 22:33 remaining in the first half.
Another five and a half minutes drained off the clock before the Wildcats evened the score at 1-1. After Kaitlyn Hall stopped a free-position shot, the Wildcats went on the attack and earned their own eight-meter opportunity. After Ashley Kroll’s attempt went wide, Liz Case fed Molly Taylor in front and Taylor secured her 18th goal of the season.
But the rest of the half belonged to the Tigers, however, as they scored seven unanswered goals to close out the first stanza and take an 8-1 lead into the break.
The Wildcats got three out of the first four shots off in the first half, but two of them were saved by Jenkins, and Holy Family continued their stretch of consecutive goals and Lauren Greco scored a free position shot with 22:01 remaining in regulation.
The Tigers continued their run by scoring the next six goals of the half, opening a 15-1 lead with 4:03 left in the second half. Meggan Apgar turned a failed attempt clear by Holy Family into the Wildcats’ second goal of the game, scoring her 18th goal of the season with 26 seconds left to play.
Jenkins recorded 14 saves in goal for the Tigers, while Kaitlyn Hall made eight stops in net for the Wildcats.
Holy Family got three goals apiece from Greco, Gina Mansi and Stephanie McNesby to help the Tigers overcome their only CACC loss to the Wildcats in their first meeting on March 20.
Wilmington has its much anticipated matchup with Dominican on Saturday at home to help get back in the win column. The Wildcats defeated Dominican on the road on March 31 in their first meeting and would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Chargers with a win.
Saturday is Senior Day for three Wildcats, as the team will honor them before the game. The opening draw is scheduled 12 noon on Saturday.