Tornados win season opener in overtime thrillerFebruary 19, 2016
TIGERVILLE, S.C. – Brevard College’s women’s lacrosse team began the 2016 on Friday evening against North Greenville, besting the Crusaders in overtime 12-11. The victory marks the second-straight victory for the program and first time they have won their season opener.
In overtime Caitlyn Nemeth, a preseason second team All-SAC honoree, won the draw control, giving BC the ball in the golden goal period. Mann took the first BC attempt in the extra time, but her shot went wide. North Greenville (1-3) then brought the ball down the field and into their attacking area, but couldn’t get a shot off before BC got the ball back.
Following another failed attempt from Brevard, Amber Breedy forced a turnover by drawing a North Greenville foul and giving possession back to Brevard.
Brevard yet again went down the field without a shot, but quickly got the ball back as Brittany Fisk caused a turnover and recovered the ball. Shelby Klotz was able to find Ashlea Mann, who scored the game-winning goal.
Nemeth scored the Tornados first goal of the season off a pass from Kelly Kearnan. North Greenville responded with a goal on its first offensive play as Sarah Smith knotted the score at 1-1. NGU took its first lead of the contest midway through the first half as Monica Colwell scored for the Crusaders.
Trailing for the first time this season, Nemeth won the draw control following the host’s goal and found Mann open for the goal. On the ensuing draw control, Nemeth yet again won the possession for the Tornados and scored her second goal of the contest to put BC up 3-2. Nemeth secured the hat trick with a goal that came from a caused turnover from Mann that gave the royal blue and white the ball back.
The Crusaders were able to tie it back up at 4-4 with a pair of goals late in the contest, but Nemeth kept the Tornados advantage with a goal. With just over one minute remaining in the half, NGU knotted the score yet again.
Brevard’s offense scored four quick goals after the intermission to force a timeout by North Greenville with a 9-5 lead. Nemeth scored to put BC up 6-5 off the initial draw control, followed by Darden King’s first goal of the season. Brevard defense was able to cause another turnover with Mann scooping up the ground ball and scoring a goal. The final goal in the 4-0 spurt came from King as Sade Allen found her open.
NGU yet again responded with three-straight goals before freshman Klotz scored her first career goal on a man-up free position goal. The two sides exchanged the following goals, with King scoring for Brevard, to keep the deficit at two at 11-9. North Greenville made it a one-goal game with 5:32 remaining and tied it up at 11 all with 1:23 remaining. Nemeth and Klotz both got shots on goal before the end of regulation, but NGU’s goalkeeper stopped both attempts and brought the contest into overtime.
Nemeth led the team with five goals and an assist for six points with Mann and King both scoring three goals apiece. Klotz recorded a goal and assist in her collegiate debut while Allen, Kearnan and Nina Siu all logged assists.
On the defensive end, Breedy caused five turnovers, setting Brevard’s record for most in one game.
Brevard is back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 24 when they travel to Franklin Springs, Ga. to take on Emmanuel College with a 6:00 p.m. scheduled starting time.