Tornados end historic season with SAC Quarterfinal lossApril 26, 2016
GREENEVILLE, TENN. – Brevard College’s women’s lacrosse team played in its first-ever South Atlantic Conference Quarterfinal game in program history on Tuesday afternoon at Tusculum, losing to the host Pioneers 15-8. Brevard finishes the season with a 9-7 record.
The Tornados rewrote the program record book this season, setting team records for wins in a season (9), goals (170), assists (79), caused turnovers (148) and ground balls (375). Heading into the conference tournament Brevard ranked eighth in Division II with 24.13 ground balls per game.
Amber Breedy recorded five caused turnovers in the contest, matching her program record-setting outing in the season opener, to extend her single-season record to 38. The freshman also logged a team-high five ground balls to finish the season with a program-record 46.
Caitlyn Nemeth, the recently named South Atlantic Conference’s Player of the Year, added to her SAC single-season record with a goal for a final total of 67. Her 77 total points was three away from matching the current conference record for most points in a season.
Tusculum’s (11-5) high-powered offense was in full swing from the beginning, scoring the opening goal of the game on its first possession. Despite three caused turnovers in the first 15 minutes of the game, TC was able to score four more goals to take the 5-0 lead.
Nemeth put the royal blue and white on the scoreboard with 11:20 remaining in the first half, but Tusculum quickly countered with a goal of its own to make it 6-1. Nina Siu scored off the pass from Kelly Kearnan to prevent another TC run with Tusculum responding quickly again to keep the Tornados’ deficit at five going into halftime.
The Pioneers continued the offensive approach in the second half, scoring three-straight goals after the intermission before Shelby Klotz ended the run with a score and started a BC rally. Siu and Klotz both scored their second goals of the contest in the Tornados’ 3-0 spree to bring it back to within six before back-to-back Tusculum scores ended the run. Ashlea Mann tried to start one last rally, with Siu scoring her third goal of game to bring it to within seven, but the Pioneers countered again.
Klotz led the team with three goals, one coming in the final minute of play, with an assist for four points on the night. Siu also logged three goals while Kearnan, L. Harrienger and Sade Allen all recorded an assist.
The 15 goals by Tusculum is the least amount the Tornados have allowed the Pioneers to score in game and is below the 16.27 average they had heading into the contest.