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Franklin Scores Four in Firebirds Loss to St. Thomas Aquinas

Franklin scored both of the Firebirds two goals.
Franklin scored both of the Firebirds two goals.

WASHINGTON, DC – The University of the District of Columbia women's lacrosse team was defeated, 17-5 by St. Thomas Aquinas College in East Coast Conference action Saturday afternoon at Woodrow Wilson HS.

Freshman midfielder Kianna Franklin led the Firebirds with four goals scored, and sophomore midfielder Vanessa Valentine scored the other UDC goal. Freshman goalkeeper Jada Foy stopped a season-high 14 of 31 shots faced in a complete game effort – her 5th game this season with 10 or more saves.

The Spartans (3-9, 2-3 ECC) featured eight different goal scorers, including a game-high five goals scored by attack Caroline Finnen. Midfielder Jennifer Farrell and defender Alyson Brennan each had four points scored on two goals and two assists. Starting goalkeeper Laura Delorenzo stopped three of shots faced in the first half to earn the win. Melissa Gabay played the 2nd half in goal and saved one of three shots faced.

UDC won the draw control battle, 14-9, tied STAC with 24 ground balls, and converted 9-of-16 clear attempts. The Spartans, however, turned the ball over only three times compared to UDC's 22, they converted 15-of-16 clears, and they nearly doubled-up the Firebirds in shots, 34-18.

STAC raced out to a 5-0 lead in five-and-a-half minutes of play and never looked back. Franklin scored for UDC twice in the first half at 23:08 and 5:55, and Valentine added a goal at 12:15, but UDC was out-shot 23-11 and ultimately went into halftime trailing, 12-3.

The Spartans tacked on three straight goals over the course of the first 14 minutes in the 2nd half to extend their lead to 15-3. Franklin scored at 8:49 off of an assist by sophomore midfielder Amy Rock, and then again at 3:47, but UDC went on to lose by a 12-goal margin.

Before the game UDC honored its four graduating seniors: Dani Falco, Dominique Dotson, Jazmin Lopez and Aaliyah Carter. Dotson and Carter have been with the team for three seasons, and Falco and Lopez all four years since the inception of the UDC women's lacrosse program in 2014.

Next up, the Firebirds will visit ECC foe University of Bridgeport on Thursday, April 20th at 12 p.m.