Matchup: Presbyterian (1-12, 0-3 Big South) vs Winthrop (5-8, 2-0 Big South)
Date: Wednesday, April 10
Time: 4:00 pm
Site: Bailey Memorial Stadium - (Clinton, S.C.)
Live Video: ESPN+
Live Stats: www.GoBlueHose.com
Presbyterian College and Winthrop will play for the ninth time on April 10, with the Eagles owning an 8-0 series lead. Last season, Winthrop jumped out to an early lead off four free position goals and three assists from Katie Clark in the opening 10 minutes. Sarah Marshall scored an unassisted goal with 1:27 left in the first half to record the first point for PC on the day. A dozen Eagles scored at least one goal, with Nicole Beatson recording a game-high seven points (5G-2A). Winthrop won the game 21-4, outscoring PC 6-3 in the second half.
Winthrop is riding a 4-game winning streak with recent victories vs Gardner-Webb (14-13), at Campbell (13-12), vs Mercer (14-12) and at Wofford (18-4). The Eagles are led offensively by Lauren Morris’ 53 points (36G-17A) and 41 draw controls. Other team leaders include: Alaina Girani (41 groundballs) and Emily Torris (27 caused turnovers). Girani has started all 13 games in goal, collecting 147 saves with a .473 save percentage.
PC is led offensively by Sarah Marshall’s 31 points (22G-9A). The sophomore has a goal in six-straight and a point in 11-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 19 points (14G-5A) on the season and leads the Blue Hose with five 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 24 ground balls. Senior defender Hudson Roarick has a team-high 14 caused turnovers to reach 69 in her career, third-most in program history.
Last time out, Madison Berg led the team with a goal and an assist vs #24 High Point. Sarah Marshall scored her team-leading 22nd goal of the year. Paige Gacek recorded four groundballs, one shy of her best, and Alyssa Cooke tied her collegiate best with three groundballs.
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.