March 14, 2014
Cincinnati, Ohio - Junior attacker Torrie Zarella scored the game-winning goal for Cincinnati with three seconds left in regulation as the Coastal Carolina women’s lacrosse team dropped a 12-11 decision Friday afternoon at Gettler Stadium. The Chanticleers’ (2-6) loss to the Bearcats (4-3) marks the second game this season that Coastal has lost by goal in the final minutes of the game.
The Chants took an 11-9 lead at 11:18 of the second half when Paige Timberg assisted on Charlotte O’Leary’s 12th goal of the season.
Coastal’s lead was cut to one less than a minute later when Cincinnati’s Taylor Young slotted an unassisted goal. The Bearcats then evened the score at 7:12 of the second period when Courtney Curtis found the back of the net. After a Coastal turnover by Timberg in the offensive zone, Cincinnati held possession until the final seconds when Zarella netted her lone goal of the day and game-winner.
Sophomore Sara Nolan led the Chants’ offensive attack with four points on three goals and an assist, giving her the outright lead in goals for Coastal with 15. Keri White also registered four points on the day, scoring two and providing two helpers. O’Leary and Lily Yednock recorded three points apiece, each scoring two goals and dishing out one assist. Sophomore’s Rachel Waldron and Timberg closed out the Chant’s offensive production with a goal apiece.
Waldron led the Chants in draw controls with five while sophomore goalie Trista Kuehn recorded a team-high three ground balls.
Cincinnati received four goals each from Young and Curtis. Ashley Helmrath notched two goals and an assist for three points, and Sarah Del Bene added a goal as well.
The Bearcats put the first marker on the board just under five minutes into the game when Curtis scored her first of the day. The Chants countered quickly, scoring two in under a minute to take a 2-1 lead.
Curtis scored her scored her second of the game at 23:39 to even the score, but Yednock gave the lead back to Coastal just 30 seconds later on an unassisted goal.
Cincinnati regained the lead once more after consecutive goals from Young and Curtis, but a three goal streak for Coastal, including two from Nolan, swung the advantage back to the Chants. Coastal would hold to the lead for the remainder of the half, going into the break 9-7.
The Chants and Bearcats traded goals coming out of halftime until Young sparked Cincinnati’s three goal streak at the 10:31 mark of the second half.
Cincinnati’s 22nd shot proved the difference maker as the Bearcats just outshot Coastal, 22-21. Coastal held a 14-11 advantage in draw controls, and each sided recorded 12 ground balls.
Kuehn made seven saves in net for Coastal as her record fell to 1-5. Meg Gulmi’s record improved to 4-3 after making six saves in the winning effort.
The Chants close out their three-game home stand on March 22, when they travel to Virginia Tech for a 1 p.m. contest.