March 24, 2013

Winthrop Holds Off Detroit Mercy to Win 12-10

from press release

ROCK HILL, SC – The Winthrop lacrosse team finished off its non-conference slate Sunday with a hard-fought 12-10 victory over the Detroit Titans at a cold and wet Eagle Field.

The Eagles improved to 6-5 overall while Detroit fell to 1-8 on the season.

After no scoring through the first four minutes as the two teams adapted to the field conditions, Winthrop was able to net three goals in a span 1:09, one from the stick of sophomore Alyssa Blevinsand two from freshman Shannon Gallagher. Detroit was able to grab the next two goals in quick succession in a span of only 35 seconds to cut the Eagle lead down to 3-2.

Freshman Claire Feeney grabbed her first goal of the contest with 16:52 left in the half to give Winthrop a two-goal cushion. Blevins netted her second goal of the game just over four minutes later to put the Eagles up 5-3. Detroit got the last tally of the half with 9:30 on the clock and Winthrop went into the break with a 5-3 lead.

Winthrop came out strong in the second half as sophomore Mary Accomando put the Eagles back up 6-3 less than a minute in. Detroit didn't go quietly as the Titans grabbed the next two goals to get within one with 26:47 left in the contest.

The two teams traded the next two goals before Winthrop rattled off three unanswered tallies to go up 10-6 with 12:02 remaining on the clock. Just as quickly as the Eagles went up by four, the Titans responded with three unanswered goals of their own to get within one at 10-9 with 7:42 left in the game.

Detroit was unable to continue is momentum as Gallagher netted her fifth goal of the game with 6:05 remaining to put the Eagles back up 11-9. The Titans got back within one with 3:31 left, but Megan Wallenhorst gave Winthrop breathing room with a goal with 1:31 remaining which ended as the final score.

"The conditions were not ideal, but we did what we had to do to get a win today," head coach John Sung said. "Shannon Gallagher continued to play well offensively and whenHayley Krause does well on draws we continue to be successful."

Gallagher finished with five goals on nine shots along with one assist, increasing her team-leading goal total to 37. She also added two ground balls and five draw controls. Alyssa Blevins scored a season-high three goals while Claire Feeney added two. Hayley Krause continued to dominate the center circle, finishing with 10 draw controls. Camille King picked up her sixth win of the season, recording 10 saves.

The Eagles will now move into the rest of its conference schedule starting at home Saturday, March 30 at 12 p.m. against the Campbell Camels.


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