Union, N.J. (4/22/14) – The Kean University women's lacrosse team opened the game on an 8-0 run on their way to defeating Ramapo College by the final of 16-6 Tuesday afternoon in NJAC action.
Sophomore Jordan Blanda led all players with a game-high five goals on the afternoon as Kean improves to 9-6 overall and 3-2 in the NJAC. Ramapo sophomore Lindsay Hughes picked up four points on one goal and three assists as the Roadrunners fell to 4-8 and 1-4 in conference play.
Rookie Danielle Tomminelli pushed across the first goal of the day as she forced a Roadrunners turnover, scooped up the loose ball and fired home an unassisted goal. That started an offensive surge for Kean that saw eight goals go up on the board in the first half. Ramapo was able to push across a single goal before halftime as freshman Charlotte Councill took a feed from Hughes to break up the run. Senior Julie Knodt and Blanda (pictured left) each had back-to-back goals in the span.
The Cougars pushed the advantage out to double digits early in the second half, thanks to two free-position goals by Blanda and sophomore Samantha Gnapp. The Roadrunners found life and netted the next three goals in the span of two minutes to put the score at 11-4. After trading goals, Kean regained the double-digit advantage with four consecutive goals late in the half to walk away with the win.
In addition to Blanda's five goals she also added an assist, three groundballs, three caused turnovers and three draw controls. Graduate student Kelly Bachovchin (pictured right)recorded three goals and three draw controls in the win while Knodt finished with two goals and two assists with four groundballs and two caused turnovers. Daniella Wagenti picked up the win in net, making six saves.
For the Roadrunners, rookie Monica Torres registered two goals and one assist while classmate Katie Duca had a game-high six draw controls.
Kean returns to action on Saturday when they travel to face #4 The College of New Jersey on Saturday afternoon.