After suffering a loss to conference rival Stockton University last week, the women’s lacrosse team looked to find their groove again as they faced Montclair State University on Tuesday, but the Roadrunners suffered their fourth straight conference loss with a score of 20-7.
The Red Hawks started the game with a 3-0 run until Ramapo scored its first goal in the first half by senior midfielder Lindsay Hughes. But, this was not enough as the Red Hawks finished the first half with a 12-5 lead.
In the second half, Montclair continued its hot streak with a 6-0 run to open the second half.
Sophomore midfielder Beth McGraw scored a goal to end the run, but that was not enough to get the Roadrunners back into the game.
In previous games, Ramapo struggled more than the opponent to create shots, and Montclair created more shots than the Roadrunners in the entire game with 36-15.
There were times in the game where Ramapo looked to be timid in their shot selection, but this is a problem that can be easily fixed.
Ramapo had 10 saves and were 12-17 on clear balls. The team is becoming more aggressive on the offensive side and are hurting themselves by limiting themselves to turnovers.
Lindsay Hughes led the team on Tuesday with four goals. Sophomore midfielder Alyssa Tachon had the team’s only assist. Both Hughes and junior midfielder Emma Bolton tied for ground balls with three.
Hughes needs 13 more goals to match her total from last year – she scored 59 goals in 2015.
Hughes also needs seven more assists to become Ramapo’s all-time leader in career assists. Adrianna Tepedino currently holds the mark at 53 assists from 2010 to 2012. Hughes is currently second on the list with 47.
Tachon’s two goals brought her to 26 on the season. Four more goals would put her ahead of last year’s total of 30.
Hughes and Bolton were the only players in the game with yellow cards. This was the third game in a row where two players from Ramapo finished the game with yellow card.
For Montclair, Lindsay Lare scored four goals in the game, improving her season total to 27 goals. Serena Hitchins, Kara Crampton and Francesca Verrone all scored three goals each, while Aviana Paraggio, McGuire and Chelsea Orban each scored two goals, along with a goal by Nicole Francis.
Rebecca Myers earned the win for Montclair, making two saves and allowing five goals in 26:02. Alexandra Tepper took her spot, letting up just two goals and making two saves in 33:58.
The Roadrunners are on the outside looking in when it comes to the NJAC Playoff Tournament, but they still have two more games left against conference opponents.
In order to make the tournament, the Roadrunners need to win their next two games, and they also need Rowan and Montclair to lose the rest of its conference games.
The Roadrunners are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Camden to take on the Scarlet Raptors of Rutgers-Camden University at 1 p.m.