Strong defensive outing helps Brevard clip FirebirdsMarch 6, 2016
BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard College’s women’s lacrosse team hosted the University of the District of Columbia on Sunday afternoon, besting the visiting Firebirds 8-4. With the win, the Tornados return to .500 on the season with a 2-2 record.
Brevard got on the scoreboard first, after a University of the District of Columbia (1-2) turnover gave the royal blue and white opportunity to end the six minutes of scoreless play. Livia Harrienger found Nina Siu midstride, giving BC the 1-0 advantage. UDC was able to knot up the score at 1-1 midway through the half, holding the ball on their offensive end for over a minute before scoring the equalizer.
The Tornados responded with a 3-0 spurt and led the remainder of the contest. Caitlyn Nemeth scored all three goals in the span, scoring her first off a pass from L. Harrienger. The sophomores’ second and third scores came on a free position attempt to put Brevard up 4-1. UDC ended the half with a pair of goals to make it a one-goal game at halftime.
Brevard’s stingy defense carried over into the second half, allowing only one Firebirds score during the 30 minutes. After 13 minutes without either team scoring, Siu caused a turnover that Nemeth collected pushed the ball onto Brevard’s attacking half. L. Harrienger found Darden King who scored the first goal of the half and put the Tornados up 5-3. After another scoreless spell, the Tornados were able to add a pair of goals with Siu scoring and then winning the ensuing draw control and getting the ball to Nemeth who got the ball pasts UDC’s goalkeeper. Both sides scored goals in the final minute of play, with Siu scoring for the royal blue and white.
Nemeth and Siu both ended the game with four points, coming from four goals and three goals and an assist. L. Harrienger tied her career-high with three assists while King also logged a point, coming off a goal. Nemeth led the team with five ground ball, followed by Siu and Tempestt Smith who both finished with three.
Defensively, Penina Fungalei caused three turnovers while Amber Breedy, Victoria Hayes, Shelby Arsenault and Siu all recorded two. The team recorded 14 total caused turnovers, a season-high and the third-most in program history.
In goal, Arsenault stopped four shots in her fifth career victory.
The Tornados return to South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday, Mar. 12, when they take on Coker on the road. Game is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.