Late rally not enough as the Tornados fall to West Virginia Wesleyan, 22-16

Box Score

BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College women's lacrosse teams late comeback against West Virginia Wesleyan fell short on Sunday afternoon as the Tornados fell 22-16 during non-conference action. Brevard falls to 0-5 on the season while the Bobcats improve to 3-0.

Caitlyn Nemeth and Nina Siu each had four goals for Brevard while Sade Allen had three tallies. Jamila Brown contributed with two goals while Kelly Kearnan, Alyssa Barrett, and Penina Fungalei each had one goal.

Nemeth had two assists while Brown, Kearnan, and Heather Morris dished out one helper each. Shelby Arsenault played 45:30 in net and had seven saves in the loss while Barrett came in for some relief action and had one save.

Jessica Hardman had six goals for the Bobcats while Natalie Schaffner had five. Kim Lubic had four goals for the visitors while Taylor Holmes picked up three. Three other Bobcats scored while Darla Quevedo had two assists along with a goal. Lexi Swisher had eight saves in net in a winning effort.

The Bobcats opened the game scoring on their first four shots on goal before Barrett tallied for Brevard at 18:43. Hardman answered for West Virginia Wesleyan on the teams fifth shot three minutes later before Allen and Siu cut the guests lead to 5-3 with 10:16 left in the opening half.

The Bobcats then scored two straight to go up 7-3 with just under six minutes left in the first half but Brevard would not go away as Siu and Kearnan answered and pulled the hosts within two goals going into the half.

The teams traded goals in the first 2:15 of the game but the Bobcats scored three straight between 25:36 and 24:08 to go up 11-6. Allen scored again for Brevard but was answered again by two straight goals by the visitors, who went up 13-7 with 22:24 remaining.

The see-saw game continued over the next two minutes before four straight goals by the Bobcats put them up 18-9 with 13 minutes left in the game. Brevard answered as Siu received a nice feed in the middle by Morris to give Brevard its tenth goal of the game.

However, the back and forth game continued as every Tornado goal was answered by a West Virginia Wesleyan tally. Brown scored twice in the last two minutes to make it 21-15 in favor of the guests but time was against Brevard.

The Bobcats won 23 of the 39 draw controls but Brevard had a 14-12 edge in the second half. The guests also had a slim 38-33 margin in shots in the game but Brevard outshot the visitors 15-13 in the opening half.

The Tornados will return to South Atlantic Conference play on Wednesday when they travel to Hickory, North Carolina. They will face Lenoir-Rhyne for a 4 p.m. start.

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