Chants Roll in Season Home Opener
Feb. 22, 2014
CONWAY - Led by Sara Nolan’s seven goals, the Coastal Carolina women’s lacrosse team won their 2014 home-opener on Saturday afternoon by a 19-7 margin over visiting Kennesaw State at Brooks Stadium. Nine different Chanticleers found the back of the net in what was Coastal’s highest offensive output since scoring 21 on Kennesaw State last season.
With the win the Chants even their record at 1-1 while the Owls remain winless at 0-2.
Nolan’s seven goals, a single-game Coastal record, came on a game-high nine shots. Junior Lily Yednock was the Chants’ second-leading scorer, netting three goals and adding four assists for seven points. Also chipping in for Coastal’s goals were Charlotte O’Leary and Paige Timberg with two each and one apiece for Mikayla Sweeney, Alicia Geiter, Keri White, Rachel Ferrara and Kelsey Thurston.
Nolan started the game with three consecutive goals in the first seven minutes, giving the Chants a lead they would not relinquish for the entirety of the contest.
Kennesaw countered with two quick goals at 22:46 and 21:50 of the first half to cut Coastal’s lead to only 1, the closest scoring margin of the day.
The Chanticleers would add seven more goals before the end of the first half, including two tallies from both Timberg and O’Leary and one each from Yednock, White and Nolan to take a 10-3 lead into the locker room.
Coastal began the second half with five more goals to take a 15-3 lead and put the running clock rule in effect.
The Owls registered only four goals in the second half, including the second goals of the game for Sydney Farwick and Haley O’Donoghue.
The Chants’ dominance displayed on the stat sheet as well as the scoreboard, with Coastal outshooting its opponents 39-13, picking up 24 ground balls compared Kennesaw’s 11 and forcing eight turnovers. Additionally, the Chants were successful in 13 of their 14 clear attempts and scored on four of the seven free position attempts.
Freshman goalie Jenna Stover recorded the win for Coastal, making three saves in the first half to bring her record to 1-1. Sophomore Trista Kuehn made one save in 21 minutes in the second half, and freshman Maria Platsidakis finished the game for the Chants in net, also recording one save.
The seven goals allowed by the Chants was the lowest-ever in a game that Coastal has won.
The Chants will look to carry their momentum from Saturday’s win into their next game at William & Mary on March 1. The opening draw for the contest is scheduled 1 p.m.