CLINTON, S.C. – Both teams traded goals early, but Winthrop scored five in a row to pull away and handed the Presbyterian College women’s lacrosse team a 19-7 Big South loss Wednesday afternoon at Martin Stadium. The Blue Hose fall to 2-10 overall and 1-3 in the Big South. The Eagles improve to 5-9, 2-2.
Stat of the Game
Winthrop outshot PC (41-20), got more draw controls (21-7), committed fewer turnovers (12-15), completed more clear attempts (21-18), and had more free-position attempts (6-3). Both teams collected 25 ground balls, while PC held the edge in saves (14-7).
Blue Hose Players of the Game
Claire Frase led PC as she scored both of shots and added an assist. The junior converted her lone free-position attempt and grabbed two ground balls. Lauren Schaaf tallied two points as she netted a goal and had an assist. The junior added a ground ball and a caused turnover. Kayla Koch faced 33 shots and made 14 saves for a 42.4 save percentage. The freshman added a game-high 12 ground balls.
Winthrop Players of the Game
Nicole Beatson led the Eagles with nine points, scoring four goals with five assists. Katherine Judge netted six goals, while Kristen Shriver contributed a goal with five assists. Chloe Wormsley got the win in goal, recording seven saves against 14 shots for a 50.0 save percentage. The freshman added nine ground balls to her total.
How It Happened
PC opened up the scoring on an Alexandra Cole goal at the 27:19 mark in the first half, but the Eagles answered less than a minute later. An Ellie Stader score with 22:14 on the clock put the Blue Hose back on top, but again the visitors had an answer. After Schaaf made it a 3-2 PC lead (18:34), Winthrop posted back-to-back goals for its first lead. Cady Roberts knotted the game at 4-4 (13:39) with an unassisted effort, but the Eagles took off on a 5-0 run and were in control 9-4 at the break.
Winthrop continued its momentum early in the second with another three unanswered. Cassie Watters recorded her sixth goal of the season with 24:14 to play. The Eagles then put up another five straight to push their lead to 17-5 and get the running clock. Frase halted the run as she made her free-position shot at the 11:36 mark. Winthrop added two more before Frase earned her fifth goal of the season to round out the scoring.
- Koch tied her season high in saves and set a season high in ground balls. The goalie also recorded 14 saves at Kennesaw State on March 20 and against Liberty on April 1.
- Kelty Fletcher tied her career high with two caused turnovers. The junior caused that many against Furman back on Feb 18, 2015 as a freshman.
- Roberts continues her streak of consecutive games with at least a point, making it eight in a row. The sophomore has also scored at least one goal in three straight games.
- Schaaf has recorded a point in all but one game this season. She still leads the team with 17 goals on the season, but Roberts has tied her with 22 total points. Cole is right behind with 21 points.
- PC committed its fewest amount of turnovers on the season with 15. The previous low was 17, set at Fresno State on March 3 and again at Campbell on April 5.
- The team also tied its season low with just six caused turnovers (Kennesaw State).
- Winthrop finished with 31 points, the second most PC has allowed by an opponent this season. Mercer totaled 37 points to open the season on February 11.
- The Eagles only caused five turnovers. The mark is the fewest by an opponent this season. The guests also committed just 12 turnovers, which ties an opponent low.
PC is home this Saturday, April 15 as the Blue Hose host Radford for a 12 p.m. ET conference matchup at Martin Stadium. The game marks Senior Day for the team.