Matchup: Presbyterian (1-14, 0-4) at Gardner-Webb (5-10, 0-5)
Date: Wednesday, April 17
Time: 4:00 pm
Site: Spangler Stadium - (Boiling Springs, N.C.)
Live Stats: www.GWUSports.com
Presbyterian College and Gardner-Webb will meet for the sixth time on April 17. The Runnin’ Bulldogs hold a slight 3-2 edge in the series. Last season, PC scored four goals in two minutes to cut an 11-2 deficit to 11-6 with 4:37 left in the first half, however, GWU was able to hold on for a 21-12 victory. Kelly Hyman led PC with five goals on five shots while Natalie Barnett (2G-1A), Sarah Marshall (1G-1A) each contributed points. Megan Dreyer tied a program-record with nine draw controls for PC. Eilish Gately is the top returner for GWU from the game with four goals on four shots.
Gardner-Webb is coming off several one-point losses to Big South foes Longwood (12-13), Winthrop (13-14) and Radford (15-16). Abby Hanscom leads the team with 51 points (37G-14A). Talen Francis has a team-high 29 ground balls and shares the team lead with Alissa Brown with 49 draw controls. Monique Martin leads the team with 20 caused turnovers. Katie Sylvester has played a majority of minutes in goal, collecting 121 saves with a .378 save percentage to a record of 4-9.
PC is led offensively by Sarah Marshall’s 36 points (25G-11A). The sophomore has a goal in eight-straight and a point in 13-straight games. Marshall has already surpassed her freshman year’s totals of 20 points, 18 goals and two assists. She has games with six, five and four goals this season with a collegiate-best seven points (6G-1A) coming at home against Delaware State (3/8).
Senior Natalie Barnett has a collegiate-best 21 points (16G-5A) on the season and leads the Blue Hose with six multi-goal games. Barnett shares the team lead with a 7-point game (3G-4A) coming at home vs Wofford (2/16). Sophomore attack Jordan Bryon has 4 points (2G-2A) and surpassed her freshman total of 3 points (2G-1A). Freshman defender Paige Gacek leads the team with 25 ground balls. Senior defender Hudson Roarick has a team-high 15 caused turnovers to reach 70 in her career, third-most in program history.
Last time out, Sarah Marshall and Natalie Barnett scored a pair of goals each in an 18-6 loss vs Arizona State. Megan Dreyer and Madison Berg also scored goals for the Blue Hose, while Alyssa Cooke and Kara DiClemente recorded assists.
At LIU Brooklyn, Sarah Marshall tied the game at 1-1 just 22 seconds after the Blackbirds took an early lead. Natalie Barnett (2) and Jordan Bryon (1) each scored goals. Marshall led the team with four points on four goals, placing 5-of-7 shots on goal in the 18-7 defeat.
At Central Connecticut State, Sarah Marshall tied the game early at 1-1, and Megan Dreyer scored her first of the year to make it 3-2 at 16:58. However, the Blue Devils pulled away for the 16-4 win. Natalie Barnett scored two goals, and Alyssa Cooke had two assists.
At Richmond, PC took an early 2-1 lead 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 the team’s 16-6 win vs Delaware State, Sarah Marshall led PC with a collegiate-best seven points (6G-1A) on a team-high seven shots. Freshmen Madison Berg (2) and Alyssa Cooke (1) scored their first goals while Meredith Moore (1) recorded her first assist. Kara DiClemente led PC with three caused turnovers and three groundballs. Heidi 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.
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 during 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.