Opponent: at Richmond (5-1)
Date: March 12, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm
Site: Robins Stadium (Richmond, Va.)
Live Video: ESPN+
Live Stats: www.RichmondSpiders.com
This will be the first meeting between Presbyterian College and Richmond. Up next, the Blue Hose will travel to play Central Connecticut State over Spring Break on Thursday, March 14, at 4 p.m.
The Spiders are led by Marissa Brown (24 points; 13 goals, 11 assists) and Mia Castagnero (21 points; 18 goals, 3 assists). The team’s only setback this season was a 19-5 defeat vs #12 Virginia on February 21. Richmond has wins against familiar opponents in Campbell (15-8), American (15-7) and Liberty (10-9) as well as William & Mary (12-9) and Old Dominion (20-5). Megan Gianforte has played nearly every minute in goal, accumulating 58 saves and a .513 save percentage against a 9.76 goals against average.
In their last 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. Freshman 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 Shafter 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. Sophomore Kelly 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.
Hyman led the team in scoring last season with 28 points (23 goals, 5 assists). She scored a season-high five goals versus Gardner-Webb (4/18/18).
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.
Senior Megan Dreyer led the team with 43 draw controls last season and tied the program record of nine in a single game against Gardner-Webb (4/18/18).
Junior Kayla Koch played the lion’s share of minutes in goal (621:07) last season making 116 saves with a save percentage of 35.3%. She allowed 213 goals against with an average of 20.58 per game.