March 30, 2013

Coastal Carolina Wins Big South Opener

from press release

CLINTON, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina women's lacrosse team won its second straight game for the first time this season, defeating Presbyterian College in what was the first Big South game of the season for each team. It was also the second consecutive one-goal game in which the Chants took the win in the final minutes of play.

With the win, Coastal improves to 4-6 (1-0), while Presbyterian drops to 2-9 (0-1).

The teams matched up fairly evenly on the stat sheet, with Presbyterian taking a slim 28-27 advantage in shots and 14-13 advantage in ground balls. Coastal dominated in the center circle however, winning 21 draws compared to PC's 12.

Keri White led the Chants offensively, scoring four goals and providing one assist. Kimmy DeLonge notched six points, netting two goals and adding four helpers. Paige Timberg (3), Rachel Waldron (2), Charlotte O'Leary, Lily Yednock, Rachel Ferrara, Elizabeth Reed and Sara Nolan also contributed to the scoreboard for Coastal.

Presbyterian came out of the gate firing, scoring the game's first four goals in the opening 10 minutes.

The Chants were held off the scoreboard until 18:44 of the first half, when Nolan found the back of the net on an unassisted shot. Three minutes later White netted her sixteenth goal of season off a pass from Delonge to cut Presbyterian's lead to two.

The Blue Hose tacked on another tally at 12:34, courtesy of Maddie Seiloff, to take a 5-2 lead.

The Chants responded by scoring three straight goals in the next three minutes. White scored her second goal of the game on another feed from DeLonge at 12:16. DeLonge would score a goal of her own at 9:59 by way of O'Leary. O'Leary then converted on a free position shot less than a minute later, tying the score at 5-5.

The teams traded goals for the remainder of the first half, with Timberg and Reed scoring for Coastal, and Brianne Ward and Jaime Beamish scoring for Presbyterian to send the teams into the locker room with a 7-7 score.

Presbyterian started the second half scoring consecutive man-advantage goals. The Blue Hose took advantage of the man-up opportunities after White was shown a yellow at 28:31, and Yednock was sidelined by a yellow at 27:44.

With Presbyterian leading 9-8, the teams traded goals over the next eight minutes until PC had a 11-10 lead with 15:22 remaining. The Blue Hose's offense then went to work, netting four straight to take a 15-10 lead with just under 11 minutes to play in the second.

The Chants then fought back, scoring six straight goals in the final 10 minutes of play.

PC's scoring streak was stopped by White, who converted a free position shot that brought the Chants within four. Waldron added a goal a minute later off of a pass from DeLonge that cut the Blue Hose lead to three. Timberg scored an unassisted goal at 7:38, followed by White's fourth goal of the game at 7:17 to put the Chants within one. DeLonge then netted the tying score, and Yednock would grab the game-winning goal with 2:44 remaining in the half.

Freshman goalie Trista Kuehn earned the win for the Chants, making six saves on 21 shots and scooping two ground balls. Kuehn now sits at 4-5 on the season.


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