April 20, 2013
Buies Creek, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina women’s lacrosse team ended its inaugural season in a thrilling fashion on Saturday afternoon, coming from behind to hand Campbell a 13-12 loss in overtime.
Charlotte O’Leary and Paige Timberg were the heroes of the day for Coastal. O’Leary scored three goals including the game-winner with 1:07 left to play in the overtime period. Timberg had her most productive day of the season on offense, netting four goals on five shots and going 2-2 on her free position shots. Her final three goals came in the last six minutes of regulation, and she netted the marker that forced overtime.
Campbell was led offensively by Loren Day, who recorded six points on four goals and two assists. Also contributing to the Fighting Camels’ attack were Taelar Errington and Kaki Armiger who scored three and two goals, respectively.
The two sides paired evenly in the first half, with each team finding the net seven times before the break.
Campbell’s offense broke out quickly, and opened the game with a goal from Armiger just 34 seconds in the first half.
Coastal responded with two straight goals from Nolan and Waldron, each of them assisted by Rachel Ferrara. Ferrara would then score two goals of her own, giving Coastal a 5-3 lead with 15:13 remaining in the opening stanza.
Campbell would hit the scoreboard three more times over the next four minutes to grab a one-goal lead with 10:51 left in the first.
O’Leary converted a free-position shot that briefly tied the game before Day scored her third of the match at 2:02 to give the lead back to Campbell.
The Chants refused to let up before the break, and received a goal from Waldron with one second on the clock before the first half expired.
The teams continued to battle back and forth in the second half, matching each other goal for goal.
A four-point streak from Campbell that took 13 minutes of the second half and gave the Camels a 12-9 lead was matched by Timberg’s three goal steak that sent the contest into overtime.
Maddy Ciardi won the control in the first half of the overtime period, and the Chants decided to let time tick down by holding the ball in Campbell’s end. Coastal attempted a shot with under a minute to go, but a crease violation gave possession to Campbell. The Camel’s managed to enter Coastal’s zone, but could not attempt a shot before the buzzer.
Ciardi again won the draw control for Coastal to start the second half of overtime, and this time the Chants did not wait to attack.
A shot by Nolan was saved by Campbell goalie Brittany Kincer, but Coastal managed to grab the rebound. O’Leary then took the ball on the right side of the field, blew past her defender and fired a shot past Kincer that proved to be the game-winner for the Chants.
Coastal goalie Trista Kuehn was credited with eight saves on 12 shots, and one ground ball in the winning effort. Kuehn finishes the season with a 5-10 record at the Chants’ starting net minder.
The Chanticleers end their first season with a 5-11 overall record, 2-5 in the Big South. The Fighting Camels, also in their first season of lacrosse competition, finish at 6-7 overall and 1-6 in Conference play.