February 15, 2013

Feeney's Seven Help Winthrop Dispatch Marquette

from press release

ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Winthrop lacrosse team gave an impressive performance to nearly 500 Eagle fans Friday night as the Eagles downed the Marquette Golden Eagles 17-7 in the inaugural lacrosse game hosted on the Winthrop campus. "The crowd really brought lots of great energy tonight," head coach John Sung said. "You only get one chance to make a good first impression and I hope we gave them something to remember tonight."

Winthrop improved its record to 2-1 overall while the Golden Eagles, playing in their first-ever lacrosse match, fell to 0-1.

Freshman Clair Feeney got the scoring started less than a minute in, netting her first of seven markers on a free-position shot. Three more Eagles scored before Marquette was able to grab its first goal with 24:58 left to make it 4-1.

"Claire Feeney is an unbelievable lacrosse player," Sung said. "She is such a force and has really started coming into her own. For her to score seven goals is amazing."

After six goals by the two teams in the first 10 minutes of play, the scoring slowed a bit. Marquette made it 6-2 with 8:45 remaining, but Winthrop scored the next four goals before the half including two while being down a man.

The Eagles continued their offensive push into the second half, netting the first five goals of the period to go up 15-2 with 16:17 remaining in the contest. Marquette was not going away quietly as the Golden Eagles rallied for five-straight goals but the deficit was too large. Winthrop grabbed two more late goals to win 17-7.

Feeney's seven goals came on 10 shots including two off free-position attempts. Freshman Shannon Gallagher added three more goals Megan Wallenhorst, Danielle Ellis and Hayley Krause each added two tallies. Freshman goalie Camille King gave up the seven goals while making five saves.

The Eagles will return to Eagle Field when they host St. Bonaventure on Sunday, February 24 at 1 p.m.

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