Coming off a 13-3 loss to Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham, the Ramapo women’s lacrosse team looked to redeem themselves as they faced conference rival Stockton University on its senior day this past Saturday.
In the opening minutes, the Roadrunners were keeping up with top-notch Stockton, but then, the Ospreys went on a 6-0 run in a five-minute span. Ramapo struggled to find an offensive groove in the first half, as they only scored one goal to Stockton’s nine. Junior midfielder Emma Bolton was the only Roadrunner to score in the first half.
Stockton, throughout the second half, maintained a score advantage of at least eight goals over the Roadrunners. Ramapo came out with a lot of energy in the second looking to create a comeback by limiting themselves with less turnovers, better ball movement and physical defense, but still struggled to find the net.
Ramapo held Stockton to eight shots and forced them to six turnovers in the second half. The Roadrunners dominated Stockton with 25 ground balls, as the Ospreys had 20. Ground balls are an area in Stockton’s style of play where they usually come out on top in their games. It was the first time in six games where Stockton University did not finish a game as the winner in ground balls.
Bolton and freshmen midfielder Molly Warner led the team with five ground balls each, and junior defensive midfielder Nina Bochna had a team high with three caused turnovers.
On the offensive side of the ball, senior midfielder Lindsay Hughes had a team high of two goals, and Bolton also had a goal; they were the only Roadrunners to score in the game. Sophomore midfielder Alyssa Tachon had the team’s only assist.
On Tuesday, Ramapo suffered their third straight loss as they faced in-conference opponent Kean University in a 16-5 loss. Bolton and Hughes eached scored two goals, while Molly Warner tallied a goal of her own.
The Roadrunners have three more games left in the 2016 season, all of them being against conference opponents, as they look for a playoff berth in the NJAC Tournament.
The team’s next game is at home on Tuesday, as Ramapo faces Montclair State University.
It has been a roller coaster ride for this team, but if they continue to work on the little mistakes they are making in games by limiting turnovers and playing more consistently on offense, this team could make a run in the playoffs.