BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell outscored the Presbyterian College women’s lacrosse team 12-0 in the first half en route to a 17-3 final Wednesday afternoon at Barker-Lane Stadium. The Blue Hose fall to 1-9 on the year and 0-2 in the Big South. The Camels are now 5-6 overall and 2-0 in conference play. They now own a 5-0 record in the all-time series.
Stat of the Game
The Camels outshot the Blue Hose 33-9, including 21-6 in the first half. The hosts also won draw controls 18-3.
Blue Hose Players of the Game
Claire Frase, Cady Roberts, and Alexandra Cole each scored a goal for PC. Frase converted a free-position shot and had one ground ball and one caused turnover. Roberts and Cole took one shot apiece, with Roberts adding a caused turnover. On defense, Maura Talvacchia posted game highs with eight ground balls and six caused turnovers. Kayla Koch faced 21 shots in 30 minutes of action, recording five saves with a 29.4 save percentage. She added two ground balls.
Campbell Players of the Game
Mackenzie Koeller and Melissa Placek both posted at tricks to lead the Camels. Koeller took five shots and added a pair of assists, two ground balls, and a caused turnover. Placek also took five shots with one assist and a ground ball. Meredith Bechler played the opening half in the cage, facing six shots and recording two saves for the 100.0 save percentage.
How It Happened
The first half was all Campbell as eight different players scored 12 unanswered. The hosts outshot PC 21-6 in the opening 30 minutes of action and put 17 on goal. The Camels also grabbed most of the draw controls (11-1). The Blue Hose took six shots, but only two were on target. PC picked up more ground balls (11-8) and was led on defense by Talvacchia’s five ground balls and four caused turnovers.
Both teams made goalie substitutions to start the second, as Lee-Ann Salim went in for PC and younger sister Alex Salim entered the game for Campbell. After Placek scored another to earn a hat trick, Roberts put the Blue Hose on the board with 26:26 to play. Frase scored her free-position shot with 20:20 on the clock, her third goal of the season, to make it 15-2. Cole ripped a bouncing shot that Campbell goalie Kylie Haarhoff deflected up into the air. The ball then bounced off the keeper’s helmet and into the net as PC trailed 17-3 with 5:16 left in the game. The Blue Hose were in the attacking half of the field in the final minute, but could not get a shot off and Campbell ran out the rest of the clock.
- Frase has two goals in as many games.
- Cole has recorded a point in every game this year and has recorded at last one goal in five straight games.
- Talvacchia’s eight ground balls are a season high. The senior captain bests her previous mark of seven ground balls (February 22 at Furman; April 1 vs. Liberty).
- The final score marks the largest margin of victory for the Camels in the series. Campbell defeated PC 20-7 on April 17, 2015.
Up NextThe Blue Hose continue their road swing with a trip to Boiling Springs, N.C. on Saturday, April 8. PC plays Gardner-Webb in a 1 p.m. ET conference game at Spangler Stadium.