The men’s lacrosse season opened with a difficult start on Saturday, Feb. 17, as they dropped their first game to Gwynedd Mercy 5-10. The Rangers fought back from an early deficit of 3-1 to tie the score in the second quarter, but they were unable to score again for nearly 30 minutes following.
Kyle MacDonnell (‘20) started the scoring less than a minute into the game, but Gwynedd Mercy was quick to counter with three of their own goals. Going into the half, the Rangers were down 6-3, goals from Joe Palmieri (‘19) and Kevin Goettlich (‘21) tied the score before the Griffins claimed the lead again. After a scoring spurt by Gwynedd Mercy, Goettlich scored twice to complete his hat trick. He also picked up three ground balls in his debut game.
Seamus O’Connor (‘20) turned in a pair of assists to help with the campaign, and Ryan D’Alessandro (‘19) and Jonny Bronader (‘21) each nabbed four ground balls.
The men’s team has the next four games away. They return to Ranger stadium after spring break.
The women’s lacrosse team began their campaign on Wednesday, Feb. 21, against DeSales University. Taking advantage of the unseasonably warm day, they were able to beat their opponent with a decisive 13-6 victory.
Lauren Cassella (‘21) opened the scoring for the Rangers in her collegiate debut, scoring only 97 seconds into the game off a converted free-position attempt. This cleared the way for the Rangers as they went on a 6-0 scoring run before DeSales was able to add a goal. Drew went into halftime with a 7-1 lead over their opponent.
Cassella was not done scoring as she tallied five more goals following her initial tally, finishing the game with six goals. Mia Campanale (‘19) added four goals and an assist to the tally and Charly Nolting (‘21) contributed two goals and an assist. Captain Nicole Kinney (‘18) added two assists before hurting her knee, forcing her to sit out the rest of the game. Allie DiDario (‘20) was unable to find the back of the net, but posted game-high stats in draw controls, ground balls and caused turnovers with seven each. Goalkeeper Kat Michalski (‘21) made five saves for her first collegiate win.
The Rangers will be on the road until after spring break as they travel to play Vassar next weekend before embarking on their spring break trip to North Carolina.