The Bryant University Bulldogs women’s lacrosse team opened up the arsenal this past Saturday, defeating the Manhattan Jaspers 17-2. From start to finish, the Bulldogs dominated the entire game.
After dropping a tough loss to intrastate rival Brown University last weekend, the Bulldogs were hungry for a win.
The first five minutes of play were even between Bryant and Manhattan, both trying to get on the board. But with 19:58 left in the first half, senior Shannon Burns netted a shot and got the Bulldogs in front. A minute later Manhattan’s veteran scorer Megan Yarusso got a goal and equalized the score. But the Bulldogs proceeded to retaliate with eight goals by halftime. Junior Lauren Descalzo was the standout offensive player on the day, having a career high of seven scores with one assist. She reached her 100th career goal as a Bryant Bulldog.
Sophomore Emily Columbus had two goals and played well offensively registering two assists. Shannon Burns ended the day with a hat trick and veteran midfielder Nicole Britton had one goal and two assists. Senior Skylar Zlotnick also had a goal on the day. Offensive action was also spread among many new players; the freshman from California, Catlin Brown, had two scores while freshman Christine Kelly had her first collegiate goal.
But this game was not just how well Bryant played offensively, but rather defensively. With seniors Corey Mania and Aileen Pearman both out due to injuries, it was up to Bryant’s less experienced defense to stop Manhattan’s offense, a team that registered twenty five goals on the season so far.
But Manhattan was no match against freshman goalie Daja Andrews who started her first ever collegiate game and played outstandingly. She saw time against Holy Cross two weeks ago, registering three saves. On the day she had eleven saves as Manhattan went 1-8 on free position attempts.
Sophomore Molly Martin played very well on defense, causing four turnovers. She also had her first ever career assist to Lauren Descalzo. Freshman standout Meghan Brennan also played well. She picked up one ground ball and played a key role in Bulldog transition. Shannon Burns and freshman Kendall McCartney alongside Haley Hallenbeck did well on draws, going 12-21, many of which resulted in back to back offensive possessions for the Bulldogs.
However, Bryant will have to focus on the week ahead with games against Yale on Wednesday and Siena on Saturday. For more information visit www.BryantBulldogs.com.