April 7, 2013

Blevins, Winthrop Rally Past Coastal Carolina

from press release

CONWAY, S.C. – Alyssa Blevins tied a season-high with four goals Sunday as the Winthrop women's lacrosse team battled for a 10-8 come-from-behind victory on the road over the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.

The Eagles improved to 9-6 overall and 3-2 in the Big South while Coastal fell to 4-9 overall and 1-3 in the conference.

"A Winthrop-Coastal game in every sport is going to be a competitive contest," head coach John Sung said. "I'm glad we were able to get the first lacrosse victory in this rivalry."

The first 10 minutes of the contest saw only one goal, coming from Coastal just over two minutes into the contest. The Chanticleers went up 2-0 before Shannon Gallagher scored the first of her two goals on the game with 18:49 on the clock.

Coastal Carolina went back up by two at 3-1 before the Eagles scored three unanswered goals from Blevins, Claire Feeney and Logan McCarthy over a span of less than four minutes to take a 4-3 lead with 11:57 left in the first half. The Chanticleers responded with two goals of their own to go back up 5-4. Blevins scored her second of the half with 8:05 on the clock to tie the game at 5-5 which ended up being the halftime score.

Alyssa Blevins got the scoring started 3:28 into the second half to put Winthrop back up 6-5. The Chanticleers tied the game at 22:39 and took a 7-6 lead with 13:49 remaining in the contest. Logan McCarthy scored her second of the game to tie the score with 13:31 left and assisted Megan Wallenhorst only nine seconds later to give the Eagles an 8-7 edge.

Just over a minute after the Eagles took the lead, the Chanticleers again tied the game at 8-8. With 7:31 left in the game Blevins scored her fourth goal of the game, which would eventually be the game-winner to give Winthrop a 9-8 lead. Shannon Gallagher scored her second of the contest 17 seconds later to give the Eagles the 10-8 lead and Winthrop was able to hold on for the victory.

Blevins' four goals came on six shots including two free-position shots. Gallagher finished with two goals on five shots, two ground balls and four draw controls. McCarthy's two goals came off three shots and one free-position attempt, she also had three ground balls. Camille King finished with eight saves.

"Alyssa has really played well in the last few games and is coming through as a leader," Sung said. "We also got some great contributions off the bench from Logan McCarthy. Nadia Naja, Taylor Moreau and Alexis Kroah each also played extended minutes and helped us get this win."

The Eagles will now be home for their final two contests, starting with a 3 p.m. contest against the Liberty Flames on Sunday, April 14.

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