Coker escapes Brevard with a 19-14 win

Box Score

BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College women’s lacrosse team fell to Coker, 19-14, on Saturday afternoon during its final South Atlantic Conference (SAC) contest of the year after being tied at six at the half.

The Tornados fall to 2-12 on the year and 1-7 in the SAC while the Cobras improve to 8-7 overall and 4-4 in conference play

Caitlyn Nemeth led Brevard with seven goals along with three assists while Alyssa Barrett had four goals and two assists. Allie McMillan had two tallies while Kelly Kearnan had one. Shelby Arsenault had 14 saves in net during the loss.

Claudia Jenkins had seven goals to lead Coker while also dishing out an assist while Danielle Holcomb had four goals and an assist. Haley McCusker, Lindsay Ordeman and Millie Rogers each had two markers while the Cobras had three other goal scorers. Kaitlyn Vela had nine saves in net to earn the victory.

Barrett scored Brevard’s first four goals of the game but was answered by Coker on each occasion as the game was tied four separate times with just over six minutes left in the first half. Nemeth put the Tornados ahead 6-4, first on free position shot with 5:19 left in the first half, and then following a draw control win 13 seconds later.

Coker however answered to tie the game for the fifth time with two goals in the final two minutes of the first half. Kearnan gave the Tornados another lead after receiving a nice feed from Barrett just 21 seconds into the second period before Nemeth scored again 42 seconds later to give Brevard a 8-6 lead.

The Cobras weren’t going to back down as they scored three goals to take their first lead of the game with 21:07 left to play. McMillan answered for the Tornados along with a goal by Nemeth to put Brevard up 10-9 midway through the second half. Coker again retook the lead with three straight goals to go up 12-10 with 13:15 left in the game.

Brevard tied the game at 12 before Coker again took the lead with 10:32 left. Again the Tornados tied it before Coker went ahead 16-13. Brevard came within two goals with 5:12 remaining but three yellow cards on the home team put them down three players with little time remaining. The Cobras took advantage and scored on two of the extra-man attempts to go up 19-14 with less than a minute to play.

The Tornados had 30 shots to Coker’s 41 but outshot the visitors 17-14 in the first half. They also won 16 draw controls and scored on five of eight free position shots.

Prior to the game, the Tornados recognized their two seniors, Jennifer Martin and Heather Morris,during a senior day celebration for their contributions to the young program.

The Tornados have one more game remaining against a non-conference opponent in North Greenville at home on Tuesday, April 21. It is a make-up game from February 26.

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