Coastal's Second Half Rally Falls Short at William & Mary
March 1, 2014
Williamsburg, Va. - The Coastal Carolina women's lacrosse team rebounded from a slow start on Saturday, scoring six of its eight goals in the second half against William & Mary, but the comeback attempt fell short as The Tribe held on for a 12-8 win at Martin Family Stadium. Saturday's game was the first meeting for the two teams, each of which owns a season record of 1-2.
Four Chanticleers combined for Coastal's eight goals with sophomore Keri White's hat trick leading the offensive effort. Sophomore Sara Nolan and freshman Alicia Geiter each had two goals while sophomore Rachel Ferrara had one.
Defensively Rachel Waldron had a game-high four caused turnovers as well as three draw controls. Junior Lily Yednock led the Chants in ground balls with four while Nyra Constant and Kaitlyn Trodden each forced three turnovers. Trista Kuehn was the goalie of record for Coastal, making five saves in 43 minutes before allowing freshman Maria Platsidakis to finish the game in net.
The Chanticleers took the lead early in the first half and appeared to control the game offensively. Free position goals by Ferrara and White, sandwiched by an unassisted goal from W&M's Bridget Brown, gave Coastal a 2-1 lead through the game's first 14 minutes. However, a free position goal by The Tribe's Jenna Dougherty sparked a six-goal run that gave W&M a 7-2 lead at the end of the first half.
W&M's goal streak continued into the second stanza as The Tribe netted four consecutive goals to take a commanding 11-2 lead with 19 minutes remaining.
Coastal owned the next 13 minutes of the half as Nolan's first marker at 17:46 sparked a five-goal run for the Chants that included White's second and third tallies of the day as well as two free position goals from Geiter.
The Chanticleer offense stalled after Geiter's second goal, however, and W&M's Alexi Farmakis put an end to any comeback hopes, scoring an unassisted goal with a minute remaining to give The Tribe a five goal lead. Nolan scored Coastal's final tally with one second remaining.
Besides shots, in which The Tribe led 23-15, each team was relatively even in all statistical categories. W&M held the advantage in draw controls (12-9) while Coastal maintained a slight edge in ground balls (22-21). Each team had seven saves, turned the ball over 19 times and converted all but one of its free position attempts.
W&M had seven different players score goals, including three from Dougherty and two each from Brown, Farmakis and Zoe Boger.
The Chanticleers return to action on March 5, when they host Stetson for a 6 p.m. game at Brooks Stadium. Wednesday's meeting will mark the first between the two teams.