Boiling Springs, N.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s lacrosse team dropped a hard fought battle to Gardner-Webb, 20-12, on Wednesday afternoon at Spangler Stadium. The Runnin’ Bulldogs scored in bunches and at key moments throughout the game to keep the Blue Hose rally at bay. Sarah Marshall led PC with four goals, while Alyssa Cooke had a goal and two assists in the loss.
Scoring the Game
Gardner-Webb scored a pair of goals in the game’s opening minute to take a quick 2-0 lead. Senior Natalie Barnett then netted her collegiate-best 17th goal of the season at 27:15 to make it a 2-1 game. However, GWU quickly answered with another goal just thirty seconds later to regain a two-goal advantage.
Kara DiClemente scored at the 21:58 mark of the first half, assisted by Kelly Hyman, to end a 3-0 run by the home team, making it a 5-2 game. The Runnin’ Bulldogs again answered quickly, scoring another pair of goals over the next three minutes to take a 7-2 advantage.
The game reached a halftime score of 9-4 with goals from Cady Roberts and Sarah Marshall interrupted by a pair of goals for GWU. Marshall’s goal was her team-leading 26th of the season and came with a man-up advantage following a yellow card to the Runnin’ Bulldogs.
Madison Berg scored two minutes into the second half off an assist from Roberts to cut the Runnin’ Bulldogs’ lead back down to four, 9-5. After a foul on GWU, Alyssa Cooke took a free position attempt and passed to Barnett who scored her second of the game to make it a three-goal game, 9-6, at 24:42.
Gardner-Webb was able to seize the momentum and build an insurmountable lead with a 6-1 run over the next eight minutes. Berg scored her second of the game to make a 12-7 game with 20:53 on the clock and to split a pair of 3-0 runs by GWU.
However, the Blue Hose did not go quietly and scored a pair of goals just 31 seconds apart in an attempt to regain momentum. DiClemente got it started with her second of the day at the 14:02 mark before Cooke won the ensuing draw control and struck with her first goal to bring the score to 15-9 with 13:31 remaining.
As they did all day, Gardner-Webb found timely goals over the final 10 minutes of the game to hold on for a 20-12 victory.
For the Record
Presbyterian College moves to 1-15 (0-5 Big South), while Gardner-Webb ends their season at 6-10 (1-5 Big South).
Stats of the Game
PC was successful on all 20 of its clear attempts, while GWU saw a huge advantage in draw controls, 28-6. The Blue Hose placed 21-of-25 shots on goal, while the Runnin’ Bulldogs put 32-of-45 on frame. Turnovers were in PC’s favor, 11-18, while the Blue Hose also saw an advantage in caused turnovers, 11-10.
Sarah Marshall extended her scoring streak to a goal in nine consecutive games and at least one point in 14-straight. The sophomore continues to lead the team with 40 points (29G-11A) on the season.
Senior Natalie Barnett scored a pair of goals to reach a collegiate-best 23 points on the year off 18 goals and five assists.
Kara DiClemente scored a pair of goals after entering the game with only one on the season.
Presbyterian College hosts Longwood at Bailey Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 20, at 2:00 pm for Senior Day.