#1 Denver women’s lacrosse (14-1, 11-0) faced #4 Villanova (6-11, 4-7) in the BIG EAST Championship Tournament semifinal at Georgetown’s Cooper Field. The teams played a tight first 20 minutes but a 4-0 run gave Denver a 3-goal lead, 7-4. Eliza Radochonski’s three goals helped Denver build a first-half lead. Julia Gilbert bracketed Radochonski’s first-half effort with the first goal of the half to open the scoring and two of Denver’s final three goals. Gilbert’s final goal, two players up, gave Denver an 8-5 lead at the break. Brittany Bruno had three first-half tallies for the Wildcats.
Five minutes into the second half, Radochonski placed an overhead dunk into the cage early to double up the Cats, 10-5. Hanny Liddy buried a diving shot on a beautiful pass from Caroline Wiseman to double up Villanova, yet again, 12-6. BIG EAST attacker of the Year, Bea Behrins, scored on a nifty fast-break goal, assisted by Hannah Liddy, to keep DU’s advantage at six goals, 13-7.
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Behrins followed that goal with another tally to extend Denver’s lead to 14-7 with 8:26 left in the game. The teams traded goals the remainder of the half as Denver cruised to the win over Villanova, 16-9.
Villanova won 17-10 draw controls to maintain possession for much of the game but had trouble scoring against Denver’s stingy defense. Denver’s offense was extremely efficient going 16/22 shots-on goal. Radochonski led DU in scoring with six goals and one assist. Next up for DU is the winner of the #2 UConn- #3 Georgetown game in the BIG EAST Championship Tournament game Saturday at 10:00 am MT.