Jen Koss and Kelsey Thurston record their first points as Chanticleers.
As we count down to the inaugural game, each day GoCCUSports.com will profile the lighter side of Coastal Lacrosse.
Of the 453 Coastal Carolina student-athletes, 256 posted a GPA of 3.0 or better for the fall 2012 semester
2013 - Big South Presidential Honor Roll (Sophomore)
2013 (Sophomore): Started in one game, and played in five others as a sophomore ... Assisted on a goal at Howard to finish the season with one point ... Tallied four ground balls, including a career-high of three against Winthrop ... Won a draw control at Howard and at Longwood ... Named to the 2012-13 Big South Presidential Honor Roll.
At Blythewood HS (S.C.): Recorded 242 goals, 64 assist and 157 ground balls won throughout her interscholastic career, earning all-state honors each year ... Led the Bengals to a 53-8 record over her four years, including a perfect 16-0 state championship run as a junior ... Tallied 68 points (56 goals and 12 assists), to earn South Carolina Attacking Player of the Year and first team all-state honor as a sophomore ... Named the South Carolina state championship and tournament MVP as she led Blythewood to a state title during her sophomore season ... Netted a career-best 76 goals and dished out 23 helper to total 99 points during her senior campaign to tally Academic All-American, South Carolina Midfield Player of the Year, All-Area and All-Region Player of the Year along with first team all-state honors.
Personal: Full name: Kelsey Mariah Thurston ... Daughter of Kirk Thurston and Brenda Garber ... Father played lacrosse collegiately at Maryland and professionally for the Washington Waves ... Majoring in exercise and sport science.