RIVERDALE, N.Y. – The Wofford women's lacrosse team fell 12-3 at Manhattan on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, Wofford falls to 0-4 on the season, while Manhattan improves to 3-3 with the win.
Manhattan scored the first goal of the game five minutes in. The score remained 1-0 Jaspers for the next 11 minutes of scoreless play before Manhattan tacked on another goal with just under 14 minutes left in the half. The Jaspers added five more goals throughout the half and Manhattan held a 7-0 lead at the break.
Out of the half, Sarah Lang scored her third goal of the game about three minutes into the second period. JoJo Franklin put the Terriers on the board off a pass from Sophie Smith and cut the lead to 8-1 with 24:41 to go. The goal was the fifth of the season for the junior and the assist was also Smith's fifth this year. Manhattan responded with three goals in the next two and a half minutes and pushed the lead to double-digits.
Down 11-1, Smith scored her sixth goal of the season and the second for Wofford on an assist from Franklin. Less than a minute later, Manhattan scored again to push the lead back to double-digits. The next nine minutes were scoreless. With 40 seconds left in the game, freshman Paige Sedlar scored the third goal of the game for the Terriers, Sedlar's fourth of the year. Delaney Irwin collected her third assist of the season on the goal.
Both teams had success on clears as Manhattan was 16-17 and Wofford finished 18-20. The Jaspers held a 12-5 advantage in draw controls and a 25-18 edge in groundballs. The Terriers finished with 18 turnovers while Manhattan committed 12.
Freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Thompson recorded a career high 14 saves in the game. Irwin and Smith led Wofford with four ground balls, while Thompson followed with three.
After two away games, Wofford returns home for the next two contests. First, Wofford welcomes LIU Brooklyn on Thursday, March 15 at 5 p.m. Then, the Terriers host San Diego State on Sunday, March 18 at noon before heading back on the road for a showdown at Winthrop on March 22.