The Cazenovia Women's Lacrosse team fell short on Tuesday, March 11th at Houghton as the Highlanders spoiled the Wildcats season opener 16-10.
Following three early goals by Houghton to open play, including two by Jennifer Zacchigna, Cazenovia had a rough start to the first half. Cazenovia broke on to the scoreboard for the first time ten minutes in with an unassisted goal by Kaitlin Sheppard. Later in the half Kimberly Vrigian added a goal to keep Cazenovia within four. Jessica Cramer assisted by Daejah Werntz on her first goal of the season and a second goal by Sheppard brought the score to 7-4 in favor of Houghton; however 4 unanswered goals by the Highlanders put the Wildcats down 11-4 at the end of the first half.
Coming out of halftime the Wildcats never gave up as the team fought its way back with goals by Cramer, Cassie Smock and Abby Webster to bring the score to 12-7. The Wildcats won the second half, outscoring Houghton 6-5 but fell short by six falling 16-10.
Houghton's Amanda and Jennifer Zacchigna combined to score 8 goals for the Highlanders. Houghton controlled the draw throughout the game, 20-7, and ripped 44 shots to Cazenovia's 22.
Jessica Cramer led all Wildcats with 4 goals while Midfielder Daejah Werntz led the Wildcats with 7 groundballs. Freshman Goalie Abigail Kortz had 16 saves in her first collegiate start.