Kyger Leads Coastal Over Mercer After Lightning Delay
Macon, Ga. - Haley Kyger provided all the offense the Coastal Carolina women's lacrosse team needed to take down former ASUN member Mercer 17-7, in Macon, late Sunday afternoon. Kyger was not the only lightning as the game was delayed several times due to lightning in the area delaying the start of the game and later after the match had started.
The win pulled the Chanticleers to a 7-7 overall record and 3-1 in the ASUN, while the loss dropped the Bears to 5-9 on the season.
Kyger started the scoring getting the first goal of the day with an unassisted goal with only 41 seconds expiring from the game clock.
After a 30 minute delay for lightning at the 25:16 mark, Mercer's Kelly Hagerty knotted the match up at one when she beat the Chants goalie on a free position shot and goal with 21:21 remaining in the first half.
Kyger quickly put Coastal back on top with the next two goals for the hat trick getting the first with 19:02 to play in the half and 11:14 remaining and the 3-to-1 lead.
Eva Thorn had her hand in on the next two goals for the Bears to even the match up getting the unassisted goal with 9:21 on the clock and then feeding Kate Leone with 6:35 to make it three to three. Caitlin Smith got her first goal of the day to give MU their only lead of the match with 3:49 to play until the half.
Sophie Crowther became the first Chanticleer other than Kyger to score 21 seconds later to even the match at four, and 58 more seconds Kyger put the Chants back on top at five to four with a free position shot and goal.
Smith followed with 1:55 remaining in the first half to pull Mercer even at 5-to-5.
Kyger scored her fifth goal in the first half with 1:02 on the clock to push the Chants back into the lead at six to five, they would not relinquish.
The second half began with Megan Busch getting her lone goal of the day and gives CCU a 7-to-5 lead with 26:41 to play. Crowther beat the MU goalie on a free position shot and goal with 22 seconds elapsing to increase the Coastal lead to eight to five.
Erica Coyne pulled the Bears back to 8-to-6 off the feed from Meghan Segreti with 24:12 left in the match. Jordan Harrell (1 goal) teamed up with Haley Alexander (3 goals, 1 assist) to make it six to nine with 22:22 to play. Lyla Robinson beat the MU goalie to give CCU a 10-6 lead with 21:55 remaining in the game.
Mercer's Coyne made it 10-7 on a free position shot and goal with 19:15 remaining and closed out the scoring for the Bears.
Alexander scored the first of her three goals on a free position with 56 seconds expiring from the clock, then followed it up with her second goal of the day making it 12-7 with 14:25 to play. Crowther closed out her scoring getting her 100th career goal to make it 13-7 with 11:36 remaining on the clock. Kyger made it 15-7 getting back to back goals (9:09 and 8:04) the second on the dish from Samantha Courtemanche. Alexander got her 100th career goal and the hat trick on her second free position attempt to make it 16-7 with 7:34 to play. Kyger tallied the final margin of 17-7, forcing the running clock with 5:05 and setting school record for most goals in a game.
Coastal outshot Mercer 32 to 26 and won 17 draws to 6, the defense forced nine of the 18 turnovers and was able to keep the Bears offense from getting only 17 shots on goal with the Chants goalie Harley Barrett getting 10 saves.
The Chanticleers will return to action on Thursday, April 19, to take on Detroit Mercy in the friendly confines of Brooks Stadium. The opening draw is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
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