Lacrosse to Open Big South Play at Longwood
FARMVILLE, Va. - The Coastal Carolina women's lacrosse team begins Big South Conference play with a trip to Farmville, Va., to take on the Longwood Lancers at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 4.
The game will mark the third matchup in as many seasons between the two teams with the Lancers currently holding a 2-0 series advantage against Coastal Carolina. Longwood defeated the Chanticleers 21-8 in Farmville in 2013 and 13-9 in Conway last season.
Coastal Carolina, currently riding a four-game winning streak, wrapped up non-conference play with a 5-3 record and has outscored its opponents 63-22 during the four-game span. The Chanticleers boast a 3-1 road record with wins at Stetson, Furman and Kennesaw State and are 2-2 at home with victories against Delaware State and Cincinnati.
On the other hand, Longwood enters conference play with a 2-8 record and has lost its last three games. Their two wins this season, both at home, have come against Richmond and Mercer.
Thanks to a balanced offensive and defensive attack this season, something head coach Jaime Sellers and her staff anticipated coming into the year, the Chanticleers' five wins through the team's first eight games matches their win totals in each of the past two seasons.
Coastal Carolina currently ranks first in the Big South and 16th in the NCAA in scoring defense (8.00 goals allowed/game), while also ranking third in the league and 24th in the country in scoring offense (12.62 goals scored/game). They have outscored their opponents 101-64 to this point in the season and are one of two teams in the conference with a positive scoring margin (+4.63). Additionally, Coastal ranks first in the Big South and 14th in the country in ground balls per game (18.88).
Offensively, senior attack Jen Cosgrove has been the focal point for the Chanticleers, having scored a team-high 19 goals to along with five assists. She has scored multiple goals in four of the team's eight games this season, including a career-high five goal performance at Furman on March 20. Sophomore midfielder Alicia Geiter and junior attack Keri White have also played key roles for the Chanticleers' offense, ranking second and third on the team with 12 and 11 goals, respectively. Geiter enters Saturday's game with two consecutive hat tricks while White has scored multiple goals in four of the last five games.
Defensively, sophomore goalkeeper Jenna Stover has been impressive in net as she leads the Big South with an 8.53 goals against average. She has started in each of the Chanticleers' eight games and registered a career-high 11 saves in a 17-11 loss to Jacksonville. Redshirt sophomore Karley Barreno and two-time second team All-Big South defender Maddi Ciardi have also been important cogs in Coastal's defense. They rank first and second on the team with 10 and eight caused turnovers, respectively, while also ranking second and third on the team with 12 and 10 ground balls, respectively.
Following their Big South Conference opener at Longwood on Saturday, the Chanticleers will remain on the road and travel to Liberty for a 1 p.m. game on Monday, April 6, before returning home to host High Point at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 10. They wrap up their schedule with a game at Winthrop on Sunday, April 12 before back-to-back home games versus Gardner-Webb and Presbyterian on Friday, April 17 and Sunday, April 19, respectively, and the regular-season finale at Campbell on Friday, April 24.