Women's lacrosse prepares for first SAC Championship in program historyApril 25, 2016
BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard College’s women’s lacrosse team will play in its first South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship in program history, taking on No. 4 seed Tusculum College on Tuesday in the opening round at 5:00 p.m. in Greeneville, Tenn.
“From the beginning of the year one of our goals was to earn a bid into the conference tournament,” head coach Kristin Rosato said. “Tomorrow’s game will serve as a reminder of how far we have come and how much farther we can still go. I could not have asked for a better first season as their head coach."
The Tornados rewrote the program record book this season, setting team records for wins in a season (9), goals (162), assists (74), caused turnovers (140) and ground balls (362). Brevard ended the season ranked eighth in Division II with 24.13 ground balls per game.
Caitlyn Nemeth has played a crucial role in the royal blue and white’s success this season, setting the South Atlantic Conference record goals in a season. Her 4.71 goals per game is the highest in Division II while her 66 total goals ranks third. The sophomore also ranks in the top 10 of D2 for points per game with 5.43, the sixth-best and free-position goal per game with 1.14, the ninth-highest.
This season, sophomore Livia Harrienger made the transition from midfielder to attack and has become a key component in the offensive schemes. She ranks in the top third of Division II in assists and assists per game, setting the program record for the most in a season with 29.
On the defensive end, Amber Breedy has anchored the Tornados. Her 2.20 caused turnovers per game rank third in the conference and 13th in Division II. The freshman made her presence on the team known from day one, causing a turnover in overtime at North Greenville that led to the season-opening victory.
Tusculum ended conference play with an identical 4-4 record, but bested Brevard in the regular season matchup to win the tiebreaker. The Pioneers have one of the top offenses in Division II, averaging a conference-best 16.27 goals per game which ranks third in the nation. TC’s 24.20 points per game, 7.93 assists per game and 14.93 draw controls per game all lead the SAC and rank in the top 10 amongst Division II teams.