April 21, 2014
Rock Hill, S.C. - Winthrop (5-10, 2-3) used the eight-goal lead that it built up in the first half against Coastal (4-11, 2-4) to take a 16-10 win over the Chanticleers in Monday's lacrosse match at Eagle Field. Despite the large deficit after the opening half, the Chanticleers battled to the end, outscoring the Eagles 7-5 in the second.
Winthrop finished the game outshooting Coastal 29-15, nine of which came off the stick of Jenna Kasmarik who led the Eagles with six goals.
Kasmarik broke the scoreless tie just over a minute into the game, followed by a second goal at the 27 minute mark of the first half to give Winthrop a 2-0 lead.
Sara Nolan put the Chants on the board with her 26th goal of the season at 26:03 of the first, but Winthrop's offense went on a tear, outscoring Coastal 9-2 in the remainder of the half. Coastal's second and third goals of the day each came from sophomore Charlotte O'Leary, who finished the game with a team-high of four
Coming out of the break Winthrop scored three of the second half's first four goals, with Kasmarik once against opening the scoring, but the Chants did a better job of dictating the pace of play. Coastal managed to string together consecutive goals for the first time all game midway through the second half as Keri White, Lily Yednock and Rachel Ferrara each notched their only goals of the day.
Freshman Maggie Carr finished with three points for the Chants, assisting on two O'Leary goals before scoring one of her own with under a minute left in play. Nolan netted the final goal of the game with just 37 seconds remaining.
Coastal was still outshot in the second half, but grabbed more ground balls (9-5), turned the ball over fewer times (7-8) and committed fewer fouls (10-15) as the Chants' play improved markedly from the first.
Winthrop goalie Camille King was awarded the win in the net, making two saves and allowing eight goals before being replaced by Jesse Filyaw-Hiu for the final 15 minutes of play.
With the win, Winthrop jumps ahead of Coastal and Campell in the Big South standings to take fourth place. Coastal, meanwhile, falls to fifth - one spot out of the running to host a first-round game in the Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship. Both Coastal and Winthrop close out their regular seasons against last-place Presbyterian (4-11, 0-5), while the Eagles have a game in hand against seventh-place Liberty (2-13, 1-4).
Coastal's final regular-season game against Presbyterian is set for 6 p.m. on Friday at Brooks Stadium.