March 30, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women’s lacrosse team won its Big South Conference opener on Sunday afternoon, defeating Campbell 14-10 at Brooks Stadium. The Chanticleers (3-7, 1-0) took the lead over the Fighting Camels (4-4, 0-1) with eight minutes left in the first half and were able to hold it for the remainder of the contest. The Chanticleers are now 2-0 all-time in conference openers.
Sophomores Sara Nolan and Charlotte O’Leary paced the Chants offensively, notching three goals and one assist each. Sophomore Rachel Ferrara and freshman Alicia Geiter each netted two goals, while Paige Timberg, Keri White, Rachel Waldron and Mikayla Sweeney each contributed one.
Waldron had a stellar day defensively, winning seven draw controls, grabbing five ground balls and forcing one turnover. Freshman goalie Jenna Stover played all 60 minutes in net, making six saves and scooping four ground balls on the way to her second win of the season.
Campbell’s leading scorer this season, Loren Day, scored a game-high six points on three goals and three assists. Erica Hitch and Maddy Dolinar each found the net twice, while Kaki Armiger, Taelar Errington and Erin O’Hara each scored once.
Defender Jillian Summers and goalie Brittany Kincer led the Camels in ground balls with five apiece. Kincer additionally recorded an impressive 12 saves for Campbell in the losing effort.
Coastal trailed Campbell 10 minutes into the first half, but a goal by O’Leary sparked a three-goal run for the Chants, giving them a 4-3 lead. Campbell’s O’Hara netted an unassisted goal to tie the game at 4-4, but White’s first marker of the day at 8:32 of the first half gave the Chants a lead they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game.
The Chants found the net four more times, and Campbell once, to give Coastal an 8-5 lead at the half.
The teams matched up fairly evenly in the second half, with Coastal attempting 12 shots compared to Campbell’s 11, and each team grabbing 12 ground balls. The difference maker proved to be draw controls, with Coastal winning nine in the second half compared to Campbell’s three. The Chants finished with 21 draw controls throughout the game while the Camels only won five.
The Chants outscored Campbell 6-5 in the second half, and were able to protect their lead by controlling possession in the final minutes of the game.
With the win, Coastal holds a 2-0 record in the all-time series against Campbell.
The Chants return to action on Friday, April 4 when they host Longwood for a 6 p.m. game at Brooks Stadium. Longwood holds a 1-0 advantage in the series matchup, having defeated Coastal 21-8 last season in Farmville, Va.