Opponent: at Central Connecticut State (1-4)
Date: March 14, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm
Site: Arute Field (New Britain, Ct.)
Live Video: NEC Frontrow
Live Stats: www.CCSUBlueDevils.com
This will be the fourth meeting between Central Connecticut State University and Presbyterian College. The Blue Hose first picked up a 17-16 win in Clinton, SC, over a decade ago on February 27, 2009. PC head coach Jenna Handshoe, a junior at the time, had three points (2 goals, 1 assist) to go with three groundballs in the game. The following year, the Blue Devils picked up a 14-13 win at home with Handshoe leading PC with seven points (3 goals, 4 assists). The last time these two teams met, CCSU took a 2-1 series lead with an 11-8 victory in Arnold, Maryland, on February 27, 2011.
The Blue Devils are led by junior attack Morgan Sinton’s 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists). Senior midfielder Carson Adelberger also has six goals on the season. Senior defender Jane Henry leads the team with 16 draw controls, while senior goalie Jackie Branthover has played all 300 minutes in net accumulating 55 saves (45.1 save %) and 67 goals against (13.40 GAA).
Last time out, PC took an early 2-1 lead at Richmond off goals from Kelly Hyman and Jordan Bryon. However, the Spiders rallied back with 19 unanswered goals to win 20-2. Freshman Heidi Shafer received her first start in net and recorded six saves.
In their last home game, sophomore Sarah Marshall led PC with a collegiate-best seven points (6 goals, 1 assist) on a team-high seven shots in a 16-6 win over Delaware State. Freshmen Madison Berg (2) and Alyssa Cooke (1) scored their first goals while Meredith Moore (1) recorded her first assist. Sophomore Kara DiClemente led PC with three caused turnovers and three groundballs. Shafer picked up her first collegiate win with four saves on six shots in just over 24 minutes of relief. The Blue Hose went on a 10-2 scoring run with Shafer in net to erase a 3-1 deficit and hold an 11-5 lead with just over 20 minutes remaining.
Senior Natalie Barnett led the Blue Hose with two free position goals, her fifth and sixth goals of the year, at Furman (Feb. 20), while Cooke had a collegiate-best three ground balls and Shafer collected a collegiate-best eight saves in 55:52 off the bench.
In the home opener against Wofford on February 16, Barnett led the team with seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) while Marshall scored a game-high five goals. Hyman recorded six points (3 goals, 3 assists).
Senior defender Hudson Roarick was named to the Big South’s Preseason All-Conference Team after being a 2nd Team All-Big South player last season as a junior. She started all 17 games, accumulated 30 ground balls and a team-leading 19 caused turnovers.
Jenna Handshoe became the fifth head coach in program history after being hired in the summer of 2018. Handshoe spent the previous five years as the inaugural coach at Tusculum University. Prior to that, Handshoe spent two seasons leading Tennessee Wesleyan College and one season as a volunteer coach at PC.
Coach Handshoe was a four-year starter at Presbyterian College from 2007-10 where she led the team in scoring her junior and senior seasons and earned 2nd Team All-National Lacrosse Conference honors in 2010.
The Blue Hose return four players who started all 17 games a season ago in Hudson Roarick, Breanne Goldfarb, Kelly Hyman and Sarah Marshall. Megan Dreyer started all 16 of the games she played, and Cady Roberts had eight starts before a season-ending injury.