March 28, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina University women’s lacrosse team begins Big South Conference play this weekend when it hosts Campbell for a 1 p.m. game Sunday at Brooks Stadium. This weekend’s game between the Chanticleers and Fighting Camels, who are each in their second year of competition as a Division I lacrosse program, marks the second all-time meeting between the two teams.
Coastal holds a 1-0 lead in the series after having defeated Campbell 13-12 last year in Buies Creek. In last season’s game, Paige Timberg scored three consecutive Chanticleer goals to force overtime, and Charlotte O’Leary scored the game-winner with just 1:09 remaining in the second overtime period.
The Chanticleers finished this season’s pre-conference schedule with a 2-7 record, picking up wins against Kennesaw State and Stetson. The Chants have been involved in several close games, with five of their losses decided four goals or fewer.
Sunday's meeting will also be the first Big South test for Campbell, which holds a 4-3 out-of-conference record. Campbell’s wins came against Kennesaw State, Saint Francis (Pa.), Elon and Saint Joseph’s.
As a team, both Coastal and Campbell have been outscored by opponents through the first half of their respective schedules. Coastal has netted 91 total goals (10.11 per game) and allowed 109 (12.11 per game), while Campbell has scored 73 times (10.43 per game) and given up 77 (11 per game).
The Chants hold a 197-100 advantage in shots and are decisively better in the placement of their chances, owning a .807 shots-on-goal percentage compared to .708 for Campbell. Coastal has also been more efficient inside the 8 meter arc as the Chants have scored on 28 of their 46 free position shots (60.8%), compared to Campbell’s nine goals on just 23 attempts (39.1%).
Individually, look for sophomores Sara Nolan and Keri White, as well as freshman Alicia Geiter, to lead the Chants offensively. Nolan leads the team with 18 goals, and her three assists tie her for the team lead in points with 21. White also shares the lead with 21 points, having scored 15 goals and providing a team-high six assists. Geiter has proven to be a valuable asset as first-year Chanticleer, scoring 14 goals and adding one assist for 15 points as well as leading the team in shots with 38.
Sophomore Lauren Day leads the Camel attack with 28 points on 23 goals and five assists. Day also leads the team in shots with 41, and her 14 draw controls ties her with freshman midfielder Grace Boyce for the team lead. Boyce additionally boasts a team-high 14 ground balls and seven caused turnovers.
Sophomore Trista Kuehn has spent the most time in net for Coastal this season and will most likely get the starting nod on Sunday. Kuehn owns a 1-6 record, .358 save percentage and 12.43 goals against average. Opposite Kuehn will most likely be Brittany Kincer. The senior has a 4-3 record between the pipes for Campbell, holding a .466 save percentage and 10.51 goals against average.
Looking past Campbell, the Chants host three more home games against Big South opponents. An April 4 match against Longwood will be quickly followed by a meeting with the defending conference champion High Point Panthers on April 6. The Chants then close out the regular season at Brooks Stadium on April 25 when they host Presbyterian.