Freshman leads team on senior dayApril 6, 2016
BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard College’s women’s lacrosse team hosted the University of Virginia’s College at Wise on Wednesday afternoon, losing to the visiting Highland Cavaliers 11-9. With the result, the Tornados drop to 7-5 on the season.
Brevard controlled the ball for the opening three minutes of play, allowing UVa-Wise (7-2) to only hold onto the ball for eight seconds in the span while exploding for four goals to take a quick 4-0 lead. Caitlyn Nemeth won the opening draw control for the Tornados, finding Shelby Klotz for the opening score. The freshman added another goal in the same minute, after Ashlea Mann won the ensuing draw control to keep the possession with BC. Mann won her second-consecutive draw control after Klotz’s goal, but the royal blue and white’s initial chance to extend the lead to three was saved by the Cavs’ goalie. The clear attempt by UVa-Wise was unsuccessful, allowing Nemeth to collect a ground ball and place the recovered ball in the net. Klotz won the following draw control and ran down the field to record a hat trick with 27:07 remaining in the first half.
UVa-Wise recovered from the early deficit with a three-goal spree to make it a one goal affair, but Nemeth brought it back to two with a tally. Following another goal from the visitors, the Tornados were able to extend the lead by to three with Klotz and Nemeth both scoring off passes from Livia Harrienger. In the final seconds of the half, the Cavaliers found the back of the net to make it 7-5.
The visitors were able to bring it back within one on its first possession of the second half, winning the opening draw control and scoring on a free position shot. UVa-Wise won the ensuing draw control with a possibility to knot up the score, but Tempestt Smith caused a turnover to switch possessions. Brevard got three attempts off before scoring its first goal of the second half, as Nemeth was able to score to make it 8-6. Klotz scored the final BC goal off a free position shot before the Cavs went on a 5-0 run.
Seniors Mann and Smith were big contributors on their senior day, as Mann posted a team-high four draw controls while Smith caused one turnover and collected a team-best three ground balls.
Klotz scored a career-high five goals in the contest, winning three draw controls and scooping up a pair of ground balls. Nemeth ended the afternoon with a similar stat line; recording four goals with an assist for five points, three draw controls and two ground balls collected.
The Tornados are back in action on Friday, April 8 when they take on Catawba on the road at 5:00 p.m.