Arsenault logs career-high in saves in Brevard's SAC opener

Box Score

BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard College’s women’s lacrosse team hosted Tusculum on Saturday afternoon in its South Atlantic Conference opener, losing 20-9. With the loss, Brevard drops to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in SAC play.

The Tornados hung tough with Tusculum (4-1, 1-0 SAC), the top-scoring team in the conference, going on a 3-0 run early in the contest to hold a 3-1 lead. Caitlyn Nemeth scored the opening two for Brevard, knotting the score at 1-1 before winning the ensuing draw control and taking the ball down the field for another goal, followed by Ashlea Mann who got the pass from Sade Allen. Tusculum responded with six fast goals to take the 7-3 advantage.

Nemeth ended the Pioneers run with her third goal of the contest after winning the draw control to give her possession of the ball. Mann won the following draw control for Brevard, setting up Kelly Kearnan for the goal to make it a 7-5 contest. The royal blue and white were able to log one more goal before halftime, coming from Nina Siu off the pass from Darden King, in the final minute of the frame to make it 10-6. Tusculum won the ensuing draw control and quickly pushed the ball down the field, adding one more goal to the lead heading into the intermission.

Mann scored Brevard’s first goal of the second half, getting the pass from Kat Harrienger to end Tusculum’s 3-0 run and make it 13-7. Kearnan and Nemeth both scored one more goal in the final half.

Shelby Arsenault stopped 18 shots in goal, setting a new career-high for the sophomore goalie. Arsenault also scooped up five ground balls, matching Nemeth for the most on the team. Nemeth won a team-best six best draw controls, followed by Allie McMillian who won four.

Defensively, Penina Fungalei, Tempestt Smith and Amber Breedy all recorded two caused turnovers.

The Tornados are back in action tomorrow, Mar. 6, when they host the University of the District of Columbia as 12:00 p.m.

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