UNION, N.J. (4/12/14) – The Kean University women's lacrosse team earned its first NJAC win of the season as it topped Richard Stockton College 14-8 on Saturday. Senior captains Julie Knodt and Ciara Mastrodomenico had hat tricks to lead the Cougars (7-5, 1-2 NJAC) in the matchup. The Ospreys fell to 9-3 and 1-2 in the league.
It was a cautious first 10 minutes. Both teams only managed one shot and were content to play keep-away on the perimeter when they had possession. Knodt had the only breakthrough when she converted a free-position opportunity at 23:54 for the game's first goal.
Mastrodomenico (pictured left) followed with a coast-to-coast unassisted goal at 16:05, going 75 yards for the score. It was her second-straight goal. She also did most of the legwork on the Cougars' next tally, earning the draw control and setting up Knodt from point-blank range. Mastrodomenico earned her hat trick with six minutes to go in the half, giving Kean a 5-2 lead and prompting Stockton to call its second time out.
The Cougars had one more clutch play left in the first half; Carly Seidel gained possession with 18 seconds to go and brought the ball to the Stockton goal mouth with three ticks left. She was awarded a free-position and buried it with one second showing to make the halftime score 7-2 in favor of Kean.
The Ospreys came out of the break hot and scored the first two goals to trim the Kean lead down to three, but Knodt had a hand in each of the next three goals (1 goal / 2 assists) to help Kean pull away. She also finished with a hat trick for the Cougars.
Daniella Wagenti earned the win between the pipes with four saves on the day.
Carly Seidel and Jordan Blanda scored twice in the game for Kean and Meghan Schneck, Maggie Brocklebank, Samantha Gnapp and Kelly Bachovchin all lit the lamp for the Cougars. Stockton was led by Carlie Flake, Colleen Knight and Alicia Leadbeater, who all scored twice.
Kean will play its final non-conference game of the year on Wednesday when the team will host Drew University at 6 p.m. at Kean Alumni Stadium.