Women’s Lacrosse Team Can’t Return to Winning Form After Dominating 16-2 Win Over Centenary

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After an impressive 16-2 win over Centenary College, the Roadrunners fell to NJAC opponent No. 5 TCNJ, 17-1.

The Lions improved to 3-0 on the year and got their first win in conference play, while Ramapo fell to 1-1 and 0-1 in the conference.

Erin Waller led the Lions, as she scored four goals and five assists for nine points, while Cortney Natalicchio and Megan Devlin each had three goals in the win.  

The Lions came out fierce and quickly got on the scoreboard with a goal from Waller, her second of the season, just 54 seconds into the game. Waller then dished a ball to Devlin at 27:08 to make the score 2-0. Waller struck again under a minute later with an assist from Natalicchio to take a 3-0 advantage. Natalicchio then scored one of her own to go up 4-0. The goal was Natalicchio’s seventh of the season and now leads the Lions in goals so far this year. Waller recorded another assist dishing a ball to Emily Kratz to go up 5-0 and forcing a Ramapo time out. 

Waller would score an unassisted goal at 20:06, and Devlin would strike again at 19:24 to take a 7-0 lead over the Roadrunners. The Roadrunners would break the shutout and post a goal at 18:35 when Katie Duca fired an unassisted shot into the net. 

The Lions would gain two more goals, one from Natalicchio and one from Elizabeth Morrison to increase their lead to 9-1, before Natalicchio scored her third of the game with 12:11 to go in the half. Erin Harvey would get a goal with 10:52 to play for a 10-goal lead and a running clock. With 2:09 to play, Morrison posted her second goal of the game to take a 12-1 edge, a score that held until the halftime buzzer.

The Lions held a 20-3 advantage in shots.

TCNJ came out in the same fashion as the first half. They scored four quick goals in under 10 minutes of the second half. Caitlin Noonan, Muller, Harvey and Devlin each ripped shots into the goal to make the score 16-1 with 20:13 to go. With 14:05 left to play, Waller crushed her fourth goal of the game, and the Lions wasted the clock holding possession to close out the game 17-1.

In the second half, the Lions again led in shots, 8-0, while Jessica Meyers made two saves in the net for Ramapo. Christina Fabiano went untested in the half for the Lions.

Duca was happy with how her team played, even with the loss.

“It’s always a hard game against TCNJ,” said Duca. “They’re nationally ranked, so we knew what we were going into. We played well and scoring a goal only made the game that much better for me.”

The Roadrunners return to action today when they travel to Farmingdale College for a 3:30 p.m. game.