Tornados clinch first winning record in program history and SAC Championship berth with victoryApril 8, 2016
SALISBURY, N.C. – Brevard College’s women’s lacrosse team set program records on Friday evening, defeating Catawba College 11-10 in a South Atlantic Conference tilt.
With the win, the Tornados improve to 8-5 overall and secured their first winning record in program history. Brevard also locked a spot in the South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship for the first time in the program’s three years of existence as the royal blue and white are now 4-3 in SAC play.
Caitlyn Nemeth achieved a milestone in the contest, breaking the program record for points in a season. Following a Catawba (5-7, 3-3 SAC) goal to start the contest, Brittany Fisk won the ensuing draw control which allowed Nemeth to record her 64th point of the season. Catawba responded with a goal, but back-to-back scores from Nina Siu flipped the lead in the Tornados’ favor. The hosts countered with a two-goal spurt of their own before the two sides exchanged the final four goals of the half to make it 6-5. Kelly Kearnan and Shelby Klotz scored the final BC goals before halftime.
Brevard took the lead early in the second half, with Nemeth scoring back-to-back goals to put the Tornados up one. The sophomore scored the first goal of the half off a Catawba turnover with the second one coming on a man-down play. Siu added a goal to the lead, followed by a Harrienger team-up with Livia Harrienger finding her sister Kat Harrienger for goal. Klotz ended the Tornados’ 5-0 spree with a goal to make it 10-6. Catawba countered with four-straight over a 10 minute stretch to even up the score at 10 all.
With 1:07 remaining in a tied contest, a costly Catawba turnover gave the Tornados possession. Brevard quickly pushed the ball down the field and drew a foul to get a free position shot. Klotz took advantage of the opportunity by scoring the game-winning goal for the royal blue and white.
Siu led the team with three goals and two assists for five points, while Nemeth and Klotz both logged three goals. L. Harrienger posted three assists followed by Ashlea Mann who had two and four draw controls.
Amber Breedy anchored the defense with two caused turnovers and three ground balls scooped up. Sade Allen ended the contest with four ground balls and one caused turnovers.
The Tornados are back in action on Tuesday, April 12, when they take on Montreat in their final road contest of the 2016 season. First draw is slated for 2:30 p.m.
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