Women's Lacrosse Drops CACC Affair At Caldwell

(Photo by Steven R. Smith)
(Photo by Steven R. Smith)

WEST CALDWELL, N.J. – Felician University had difficulty controlling possession in its 22-2 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's lacrosse loss to host Caldwell University on Tuesday afternoon at Essex Valley School. Sophomore Christianna Louzan (Manchester, N.J.) and freshman Malikah Croom (Plainsboro, N.J.) tallied first-half goals for Felician (0-6, 0-2 CACC).

Caldwell (1-3, 1-0) won 23 of the game's 25 draws, leading to a 39-9 shot advantage. The Cougars put 34 of those shots on goal. Additionally, the hosts were successful on all 11 of their clear attempts, and amassed an 11-5 edge in ground balls.

The Cougars received productive games from sophomore midfielder Arden Kassaleh (Pompton Plains, N.J.) and freshman midfielder Samantha Murphy (Pompton Plains, N.J.). Each player produced four goals, three assists, and eight draw controls. Kassaleh, who led all players on the day with eight shots, added two ground balls and five caused turnovers.

Caldwell dented the scoreboard early, taking the lead on an unassisted Kassaleh goal just 38 seconds into the action. With six minutes gone by, the hosts had built a 5-0 edge. Louzan scored with 22:17 left in the first half, but the Cougars ran off four consecutive scores, including two in 12 seconds, to lead, 9-1, at the 15:45 mark of the opening period.

Croom temporarily shut down the Caldwell momentum when she converted from the free positon spot with 12:09 to play until halftime. But a pair of Rachel Lucia (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) goals sandwiched one from Kassaleh as the Cougars forced running time by moving ahead, 12-2, at 4:50. Caldwell tacked on two more markers before the halftime whistle.

The Golden Falcons were limited to two second half shots as Caldwell built the final margin.

Felician sophomore goalie Qamar Smith (Carteret, N.J.) was credited with 12 saves. Louzan took six of her team's nine shots. Junior Cassidy Charles (Irvington, N.J.) picked up both draw controls for the Golden Falcons, and freshman Emileigh Esposito (Beachwood, N.J.) had two ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Senior Pamela Schenk (East Moriches, N.Y.) recorded four goals and two assists for Caldwell, and Lucia finished with three goals and seven draw controls.

Felician plays another CACC road affair on Saturday at noon at Nyack College.