Thunder Wolves rally past Brevard, 11-10, on Wednesday afteronoon

Box Score

BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College women’s lacrosse team dropped a one goal contest to Colorado State University at Pueblo, 11-10, on Wednesday afternoon during a non-conference tilt. The Tornados fall to 1-9 overall while the Thunder Wolves improve to 2-7.

Caitlyn Nemeth scored six goals for Brevard and had one assist while Nina Siu had two tallies. Kat Harrienger had a marker and a helper while Sade Allen also had one goal. Shelby Arsenault had 14 saves in net.

Rachael Welzin had five goals and an assist to lead Colorado State while Kiana Kelii had two goals. Three other Thunder Wolves scored while Nicole Burkahuser had five stops in net.

The Tornados built a 3-0 lead in the first 7:10 of the game. Nemeth and Siu scored at 27:37 and 24:27, respectively and then Kat Harrienger scored the third goal a little less than two minutes later.

Siu tried to extend the lead but her shot was blocked at 22:08 and the Thunder Wolves answered with three straight goals of their own. Welzin scored two straight at 20:11 and 18:35 before Kelii scored on a quick pass from Allye Webb to tie the game at three.

The Tornados then went ahead by three goals again. Allen scored with just under seven minutes left in the first half before Siu scored her second of the contest just over a minute later. Nemeth picked up her second tally with 4:12 left in the game on a free position shot to make it 6-3 Brevard. However, Rachael Cannon had her own free position goal with 16 seconds left in the opening half to bring the guests within two.

Nemeth opened the second half by winning the draw control and speeding by defenders to score just 11 seconds into the period. Welzin answered 4:39 later before Nemeth scoring her fourth tally of the game with 24:43 left.

However, three free position goals by Colorado State to tie the game at eight with 21:02 left. Nemeth again put her team on her back by winning the draw control to lead to another goal to put the home team up 9-8 with 20:21 left.

The Thunder Wolves put pressure on Brevard over the next three minutes but Arsenault made two huge stops in net and one shot hit the post. But on a clear attempt by the Tornados, Allen turned the ball over and Cannon picked up the ground ball. Webb then tied the game at nine with 16:30 left in the game.

Neither team scored again until Nemeth put Brevard ahead for her sixth goal of the game with 12-11 left to play. The guests would not go away as Welzin tied the game at 10 with 10:39 left and then gave her team the lead four minutes later. The visitors then held onto to the ball for the rest of the contest to hold on for the victory.

Brevard was out-shot, 36-23, including 22-10 in the second half. Brevard also committed 30 turnovers to the visitors 23, including 16 in the second half.

The Tornados return to South Atlantic Conference action on Saturday when they travel to Greeneville, Tennessee to face Tusculum. Game time is set for noon.

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