March 16, 2013

Camels Never Stop Fighting; Drop Detroit Mercy

from press release

DETROIT – In a back-and-forth game with eight lead changes and eight ties, Campbell defeated Detroit 14-13 Saturday. After the game was delayed due to snow, freshman Erica Hitch netted four goals to lead the Camels, as CU moved to 4-2 on the year.

"I am incredibly proud of our players for again refusing to lose," said head coach Phil Schuman. "Being down 10-7 in the second half and seeing a group of tired faces during a timeout was concerning. Our leadership was evident at the end of the game."

The first half ended knotted at six, after Detroit scored the first two goals of the half, both in the eighth minute of play. Henchcliffe then tied the game on two goals of her own.

The teams continued to exchange the lead throughout the half, and Detroit's Michaela Schwartz evened the score with under two minutes left in the period.

CU finished the half with 17 shots and 13 ground balls. Junior Goalkeeper Brittany Kincer recorded six saves on 15 Titan shots.

Campbell opened up the second half quickly, as freshman Loren Day used a free position shot to score just 34 seconds after halftime. However, Detroit answered with three-straight goals to take the 10-7 lead.

Campbell fought back with three goals of its own, with freshman Kaki Armigernetting the tying score.

Detroit scored again to go up 11-01, but Hitch and junior Taelar Errington earned Campbell's final four goals to clinch the win.

Hitch's score with 10:29 to go tied the score at 11. Three minutes later, Errington gave the Camels the 12-11 lead, which the team would not give up. The duo scored twice more, exchanging goals with Detroit, but in the end, the Camels held on for the win.

In addition to Hitch's four, Henchcliffe and Errington netted three goals each while freshmen Kaki Armiger and Loren Day tacked on two apiece. Hitch and Henchcliffe now have 18 goals each on the year, leading the Camels.

Defensively, Kincer finished the day with 12 saves on 25 Titan shots on goal. The Camels picked up 20 ground balls on eight caused turnovers and won 11 draw controls.

"To play two games, in three days, with no subs was an incredible challenge for our young group," added Schuman. "To be 4-2 at this point in the season, with 12 healthy players, is a testament to the work ethic and character of our team. We look forward to a week of rest before Howard."

The Camels will have a week-long break, as they travel to Howard Saturday for a 3 p.m. match.

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