March 20, 2014



Providence, R.I.-Junior attacker Danielle Landon (Wading River, NY) tallied six goals, including the game-winner with 1:37 remaining, to send the Rhode Island College women’s lacrosse team to a 15-14 victory over Johnson & Wales on Thursday afternoon at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletics Complex in non-conference action.


The Anchorwomen improve to 1-1 with their first win of the 2014 campaign, while the Wildcats fall to 4-4 on the season.


Rhode Island College jumped out to a 3-0 lead just six minutes into the game following goals from junior midfielder Lauren Maisano (Bristol, RI), junior attacker Jessica Ricci (Hope, RI) and senior attacker Jessalyn O'Neill (North Providence, RI). The visiting Anchorwomen soon led by as many as four goals as Ricci's third of the game made the score, 9-5, with 8:10 left in the first half.



 Junior Danielle Landon


However, thanks to a goal apiece from freshman attacker Kayla Smith (Eastham, MA) and freshman midfielder Lydia Knapp (Glens Falls, NY), JWU rallied to cut the deficit to just two, 9-7, heading into the break.


Johnson & Wales took their first lead of the game when an unassisted goal by junior attacker Natalie DiCocco (Media, PA) put the Wildcats up, 10-9, with 20:07 remaining in the contest. Knapp put JWU up, 13-11, at the 11:04 mark, but RIC responded to rattle off three straight scores, including two from Landon, for the 14-13 lead. 


Knapp knotted the contest at 14 with an unassisted goal with 3:24 left on the clock, but Landon countered with the heroics for RIC, scoring with 97 seconds left to give the Anchorwomen a 15-14 lead they wouldn’t surrender.


Senior goalkeeper Taryn Carbone (Cranston, RI) notched 15 saves in the win (1-1) for Rhode Island College, while junior goalkeeper Genevieve Giampietro (Meriden, CT) recorded six saves in the loss (4-4) for JWU.



 Senior Taryn Carbone


Landon added an assist to go along with a team-high six draw controls for RIC, while Ricci finished with three goals of her own. Maisano chipped in with two goals, one assist, two ground balls, and a team-high three caused turnovers.


O’Neill registered one goal, two ground balls, and a caused turnover for the Anchorwomen. Junior midfielder Harmony Tillison (Cranston, RI) tacked on a vital goal, while sophomore defender Ashley Alardi (North Providence, RI) registered three draw controls and two caused turnovers.


JWU outshot the Anchorwomen in total, 38-29, and posted 29 shots on goal, compared to 21 for RIC. The Wildcats also forced the visitors into 26 turnovers, while committing only 19 miscues of their own.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College travels to Elms College on Sunday, March 23 (4 p.m.).