Holy Family Pulls Away From Felician For 20-6 Women's Lacrosse Win

Women's lacrosse goalkeeper in stance.
Qamar Smith had 17 saves and four ground balls in an Apr. 12, 2018, home loss to Holy Family. (Steven R. Smith)

LYNDHURST, N.J. – Felician University sophomore goalkeeper Qamar Smith (Carteret, N.J./Rahway) set a career high with 17 saves and matched another with four ground balls, but could not prevent her team's 20-6 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's lacrosse loss to visiting Holy Family University on Thursday night at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.  The game was a make-up from a snow-out on Mar. 24.

The Tigers (2-9, 2-4 CACC) outscored Felician, 10-1 in the second half. The Golden Falcons' only marker after halftime came from freshman defender/midfielder Emileigh Esposito (Beachwood, N.J./Toms River South) and represented the first goal of Esposito's college career.

Senior attack Rose Bachmayer (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) had a hand in half of Holy Family's scoring, registering seven goals and three assists. HFU junior midfielder Devon Felix (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) scored four goals and controlled 12 draws. The Golden Falcons (0-10, 0-6) received two goals each from sophomore Christianna Louzan (Manchester, N.J./Manchester Township) and freshman Malikah Croom (Plainsboro, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro South).

The Tigers never trailed, opening up a 4-0 lead after four minutes, 42 seconds, of play. Louzan's two goals sandwiched one by Bachmayer, making the score 5-2 with 17:41 to play. Scoring continued at a rapid pace as Bachmayer beat Smith twice in the next 56 seconds, only to see Croom answer on a free-position shot. With 16:20 left in the first half, HFU led, 7-3.

The visitors were ahead by that same margin, 9-5, when Felix, who had scored the game's first goal but none since, converted on a free-position opportunity at 2:32. HFU carried the five-goal advantage into halftime.

The Tigers took control in the early stages of period two. Bachmayer tallied 12 seconds into the half, and a pair of successful Felix shots extended the lead to 12-5. The game's next four goals were all scored by Holy Family junior Dana Trevito (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional) over a stretch of seven minutes, 10 seconds.

Esposito freed herself and found the back of the net with 13:47 to play, but three more Tiger scores down the stretch provided the final margin.

Holy Family accumulated advantages of 46-12 in shots, 25-8 in ground balls, and 19-8 in draws. Senior Amber Frechette (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) went the distance in goal for the Tigers, making five saves. Freshman Jashima Brathwaite (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Hollywood Hills) had a goal and led Felician with three draw controls. Three of Smith's saves came on free-position shots.

Felician next plays on Saturday at 10 a.m. against Dominican (N.Y.) College in Orangeburg, N.Y.