Tornados set program record for wins in a season with victory over Alderson BroaddusMarch 13, 2016
BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard College’s women’s lacrosse team hosted Alderson Broaddus on Sunday morning, defeating the visitors 11-9. With the win, the Tornados improve to 4-2 overall.
Brevard jumped out to the early 2-0 advantage with a free position goal from Caitlyn Nemeth, followed by a draw control from Nemeth which led to a Shelby Klotz tally. Alderson Broaddus (3-3) responded with a draw control and held the ball on its attacking end until they cut the deficit in half, and picked up the ensuing ground ball with an attempt to equalize. BC’s defense was able to stop the Battlers’ attempt and pushed the ball to the opposite side of the field, but Nemeth’s attempt to put the royal blue and white ahead 3-1 was saved. The Tornados got two more shots off before Alderson Broaddus was able to knot up the score at 2-2.
Brevard quickly responded with back-to-back goals from Kelly Kearnan and Nemeth to recreate the two-goal lead, but an ABU counter cut it back to one at 4-3. Livia Harrienger helped the Tornados extend the lead to three with a pair of assists, feeding the ball to Ashlea Mann and Nemeth before the Battles got one more tally in to make it 6-4 heading into halftime.
Alderson Broaddus continued the momentum from the late score in the second half, scoring off a Tornados’ turnover to make it 6-5. The visitors won the following draw control and quickly fired off a shot looking to tie the score, but Shelby Arsenault stopped the shot. The sophomore prevented two more shots from passing before Nemeth was able to score and put the hosts back up by two.
Following another Nemeth score, ABU went on a 3-0 run to give them their first lead of the contest with a 9-8 score. ABU looked for a two-goal lead with a won draw control, but Arsenault thwarted their attempts with a save. Brevard pushed the ball into their attacking third, where L. Harrienger found Nemeth for the equalizer goal. The sophomore scored the following goal to retake the lead and the final goal of the contest to secure the victory.
The four wins set a program record for the most wins in a season. Currently in its third year of existence, the program has increased its win total each season. Brevard is currently riding a three-game winning streak, the longest in program history while the two games over .500 is also a program-best.
Individually, sophomore L. Harrienger set the program record for most assists in a contest with four. With over half the campaign still remaining, Harrienger already has 11 assists, matching her total from last year, and is one away from matching the program record for most in a season.
Nemeth led the offense with eight goals and an assist for nine points in the contest, bringing her within single-digits of becoming the first player in program history to 100 career points. Amber Breedy anchored the defense with four caused turnovers and five ground balls recovered, tying her with Sade Allen for the most on the team.
In goal, Arsenault stopped six shots to secure the Tornados victory.
Brevard continues its’ four-game homestand on Saturday, Mar. 19, when they host Queens at 4:00 p.m.