Brevard rattles Cobras for first conference win of seasonMarch 12, 2016
HARTSVILL, S.C. – Brevard College’s women’s lacrosse team took on Coker College on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Cobras for the first time in program history by a 13-11 score. With the win, the Tornados improve to 3-2 on the season and 1-1 in South Atlantic Conference play.
Brevard took the lead early in the game, as Caitlyn Nemeth won the initial draw control and took the ball all the way and scored the opening goal. The two sides clashed in over 10 minutes of scoreless action before a Coker (3-2, 0-2 SAC) penalty gave the royal blue and white the advantage they needed to go up two goals, with Kelly Kearnan capitalizing on the man-up opportunity off the pass from Nina Siu. Coker cut the Tornados lead in half midway through the frame with a goal, but Nemeth quickly brought it back to a two-goal lead with an unassisted tally. Both sides added one more goal before halftime, with Darden King scoring at the buzzer off the feed from Sade Allen to extend the lead to 4-2.
The Tornados took advantage of another man-up opportunity after the intermission, with Siu scoring a free position goal 30 seconds into the frame. Coker responded with a quick score, but a goal by Nemeth a minute alter kept Brevard’s lead at three, 6-3. The Cobras made a push to tie the contest with back-to-back goals, but a BC response with scores from Kearnan and Ashlea Mann brought it back to a three-goal game at 8-5.
Following a Coker timeout, the Cobras won the ensuing draw control and pushed the ball into their attacking third, scoring to make 8-6. Another Cobras’ penalty allowed the Tornados a man-up opportunity, relishing the opportunity as Livia Harrienger was able to find teammate Shelby Klotz who got the ball past the goalie. Following a quick Coker counter, Brevard pushed the ball into their attack zone and drew a foul which allowed King a free position shot, which she scored on.
The two sides exchanged the following two points before back-to-back goals from Nemeth extended Tornados lead to a game-high four at 12-8. Coker scored a pair of quick goals to make it a two-goal game with three minutes remaining, but Klotz ended their run with a goal to make it 13-10.
Nemeth led the offense with five goals while also posting a team-high four caused turnovers in the victory. Kearnan finished second on the team in points with four, coming off of a pair of goals and assists.
L. Harrienger dished out three assists, making her the first player in program history with back-to-back three assists outings. Amber Breedy led the team with six ground balls scooped up and was second with three caused turnovers.
In goal, Shelby Arsenault stopped eight shots in the victory.
The Tornados return to action early on Sunday, Mar. 13, as the team hosts Alderson Broaddus at 9:00 a.m.