Drew University’s women’s lacrosse team kicked off its 2022 season with a 17-11 non-conference victory over Vassar College Saturday, Feb. 26 at Ranger Stadium. The Rangers opened the game on a 5-0 run and never looked back, as the Brewers were unable to draw closer than three points the rest of the game.
Hailey Simmons (’22) and Lizzy Barrett (’24) posted five goals and two assists apiece.
Emma DiPatri (’24) added two goals and three assists for Drew, while Meliha Emini (’22) and Kendall Hartt (’22) tallied two goals and one assist apiece. Making her second collegiate start, Anna Horne (’23) made 11 saves and picked up five ground balls for the Rangers.
Barrett struck for three of her team’s first five goals, but the Brewers answered with a pair of tallies to make it a 5-2 game at the end of the first quarter. Simmons kicked off a six-goal second quarter for the Rangers when she struck for the first two goals of the period. Drew went on to outscore Vassar 6-3 in the quarter to open up an 11-5 lead at the half.
The Rangers outscored the Brewers 5-2 to open the second half as their lead ballooned to nine (16-7) with 8:45 left. Vassar refused to go quietly, however, ending the game on a 4-1 spurt, but it was too little, too late. The final score was 17-11.
Drew continued its season on Wednesday, March 2 when it hosted DeSales University in a non-conference match-up at home. The Drew University women’s lacrosse team earned goals thanks to 11 different players and the Rangers rolled to a 21-6 non-conference victory.
Simmons posted four goals, three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers for the Rangers (2-0), who tied the fourth-highest scoring output in team history. Hartt also turned in a big performance with two goals and a career-high 12 draw controls, a mark that ties her for second-most in team history and was two shy of the school record.
Ella Champigny (’24) and Rachael West (’24) scored three goals apiece while Barrett (’24) tallied two goals and two assists. Emini contributed two goals, one assist and six draw controls.
In goal, Horne collected five saves through the first three quarters for the Rangers before Arianna Mendez (’25) played the final period and made one stop.
The Rangers never trailed after opening the game on a 10-2 run over the opening 26 minutes when Simmons struck for three of her goals. Drew led 10-3 at the intermission before the Bulldogs scored two of the first three goals of the second half to make it a six-goal game. The Rangers put their foot on the gas with a 9-0 run that settled any doubt of a comeback. West scored all three of her goals during the run.
Drew continues its season with a game on Saturday, March 5, when it hosts Stockton at 12 p.m.