Who: Presbyterian (2-9, 1-2 BSC) vs. Winthrop (4-9, 1-2 BSC)
When: Wednesday, April 10 – 4 p.m. ET
Where: Martin Stadium – Clinton, S.C.
Watch: Big South Network
Live Stats: Statbroadcast Live
Social Media: @PCWomensLax (Twitter/Instagram) / @pcwomenslax
Blue Hose square off against the defending champion Eagles
• The Presbyterian College women’s lacrosse team is back in Clinton, S.C. as the Blue Hose host Winthrop in a 4 p.m. ET conference matchup Wednesday, April 12 at Martin Stadium.
Last Time Out
• PC scored 10 second-half goals to secure a 17-6 conference win at Gardner-Webb last Saturday afternoon at Spangler Stadium. The first Big South victory this season marked the second conference win in program history and evened the all-time series with the Runnin’ Bulldogs at 2-2.
• Cady Roberts tied a career high with five goals to lead the Blue Hose on offense. The sophomore took eight shots, converted both of her free-position attempts, and added an assist and a draw control. Natalie Barnett and Kathleen Gerrits each scored a hat trick.
• On defense, Maura Talvacchia finished with four ground balls and five caused turnovers. The senior captain now has 215 caused turnovers in her career and needs 20 to tie the NCAA DI Career record held by Wagner’s Shea Gegan (2013-16).
• Kayla Koch faced 14 shots in goal, recording eight saves for a 57.1 save percentage, a season high.
• The Blue Hose outshot the Runnin’ Bulldogs (34-21), picked up more ground balls (24-22), committed fewer turnovers (22-28), and had one more successful clear (13-12).
• The 34 shots tied a season high as PC took 34 shots in a win over Butler on March 10. The team also tied it season high of 14 caused turnovers. PC forced 14 turnovers in losses to Saint Francis (Pa.) on February 26 and Fresno State on March 3.
• The Blue Hose lead the Big South and are seventh in the nation in ground balls per game (22.55). The team ranks second in saves per game (9.91) and save percentage (39.4), and is third in the conference and 20th in the country in caused turnovers per game (11.00).
• Talvacchia leads the nation in caused turnovers per game (4.27) and ground balls per game (4.82).
• Koch ranks 12th nationally in ground balls per game (3.45), is second in the conference in total saves (94) and saves per game (8.55), and is fifth in save percentage (38.2).
Scouting the Eagles
• Winthrop picked up its first conference victory with an 18-9 home win over Radford Saturday, ending a four-game losing streak.
• Nicole Beatson led the Eagles with five goals and a pair of assists. Katie Clark and Katherine Judge followed with four goals apiece, while Ellie Marindin contributed two goals and two assists. Judge added a game-high seven draw controls and five caused turnovers. Caroline Boudreau collected four ground balls. Chloe Wormsley recorded five saves against 17 shots faced with a 35.7 save percentage.
• The Eagles held the edge in shots (43-17), draw controls (18-11), ground balls (24-15), free-position shots (8-2), and turnovers (16-26).
• Beatson leads the conference in points per game (4.38). She ranks second in goals per game (2.92) and free-position goals per game (0.77).
• Judge ranks second in the Big South in caused turnovers per game (2.15).
• Winthrop is second in the conference in turnovers per game (17.62) and third in shot percentage (45.3) and goals against average (13.69).
• The defending Big South Champion Eagles were picked to finish second in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Kristen Shriver, Paige Jenkins, and Alaina Girani received Preseason All-Conference honors. The team graduated its first-ever class last year and is under the direction of first-year head coach Julika Blankenship, who joined the Eagles after three seasons at Queens University.
• Wednesday marks the seventh meeting between the two programs, with Winthrop holding a 6-0 lead in the all-time series.
• PC and Winthrop played each other twice last season. The Eagles took the regular season meeting 20-2 on April 6, and then handed the Blue Hose an 18-2 loss in the Big South Quarterfinals on May 1.
• Taylor Johnson scored her second goal of the season in the Conference Tournament game. Talvacchia totaled six caused turnovers and three ground balls to finish the season with 72 caused turnovers and 66 ground balls, both PC single-season records.Next Time Out
• Saturday marks Senior Day for the Blue Hose as they host the Radford Highlanders in a 12 p.m. ET Big South contest this Saturday, April 15 at Martin Stadium.