Matchup: Presbyterian (1-15, 0-5) vs Longwood (7-8, 4-1)
Date: Saturday, April 20
Time: 2:00 pm
Site: Bailey Memorial Stadium - (Clinton, S.C.)
Live Stats: www.GoBlueHose.com
Presbyterian College and Longwood are meeting for the 12th time on April 20. The Lancers are 11-0 in the series. Last season, the Blue Hose scored early in the second half to cut their deficit to three, 9-6, before Longwood closed the game on a 9-0 run to win 18-6. Sarah Marshall had two goals, Hudson Roarick caused three turnovers and Megan Dreyer had four ground balls. Natalie Barnett scored a man-up goal via a free position in a game that featured 10 cards (6 yellow, 4 green).
Longwood is coming in off a 4-game win streak against Big South opponents. Most recently, the Lancers overcame a 9-8 deficit to defeat Campbell, 13-10, on Wednesday in their home finale. Kaitlin Luccarelli leads the offense with 66 points (47G-19A). Dana Joss and Taylor Blenckstone each have 46 points on the season. Joss also leads the team with 24 caused turnovers, while Danielle Burke leads the team in ground balls (48) and Jordan Howard has a team-high 68 draw controls. Burke has played a majority of minutes in goal, earning a record of 6-4, making 101 saves for a .409 save percentage.
PC is led offensively by Sarah Marshall’s 40 points (29G-11A). The sophomore has a goal in nine-straight and a point in 14-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 23 points (18G-5A) on the season and leads the Blue Hose with seven 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 27 ground balls. Senior defender Hudson Roarick has a team-high 16 caused turnovers to reach 71 in her career, third-most in program history.
Last time out, PC was led by Sarah Marshall’s four points (4G) and Alyssa Cooke’s three points (1G-2A). Natalie Barnett and Kara DiClemente each recorded a pair of goals in the tough loss at Gardner-Webb.
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.