March 16, 2014

Ellis' Seventh Goal is Game-Winner in Presbyterian Win

from press release

KENNESAW, Ga. – The Presbyterian College lacrosse team used a second half surge and seven goals from Catherine Ellis—including the game-winner with 36 seconds to go—to win its road opener over the Kennesaw State Owls on Sunday, 15-14.

PC improves to 3-3 and next travels to Oregon for a Saturday match against the Ducks at noon Eastern time. Kennesaw State falls to 0-5.

Ellis’s seven goals tie a PC season high that the senior set on February 22 against Delaware State. Three Blue Hose tallied two goals apiece including Brianne Ward (Cincinnati, Ohio), who added two assists. Bonnie Corrigan (Yorktown, Va.) picked up a team-high six ground balls and matched a PC-best with two draw controls and three caused turnovers.

Tay Lyles (Stevensville, Md.) made two saves in goal to pick up her second win of the season.

PC outshot Kennesaw State, 38-19, including a 20-8 margin in the second half.

The Blue Hose trailed 9-7 at halftime but rallied in the second half to take the win.

Ellis started off the scoring with an unassisted tally before the Owls responded with five straight of their own. Margaret Richardson (Maplewood, N.J.) and Ellis cut the gap to two but the Owls responded in kind from Kyra Fitzgerald and Kylar Ferguson for a 7-3 lead.

Three straight goals from Ward, Ellis and Corrigan pulled PC back to within one and Maddie Seiloff (Marietta, Ga.) found the back of the net on a Megan Schaaf (Ellicott City, Md.) pass after a Kennesaw score. The Owls’ Emily Collins scored the final goal of the half to keep the home side ahead at the break, 9-7.

Kennesaw picked up two straight goals to start the half until a 4-0 Blue Hose run tied the match, 11-11. Seiloff, Ward, Richardson and Ellis potted four in a 3:03 span to reset the game with 20:05 to go.

Olivia Hokanson broke the tie shortly after—one of her team-leading six goals—for the Owls. Schaaf answered before Hokanson broke the tie again from the free position.

With 14:28 remaining, the PC defense took over. Ellis scored two goals to put PC in front at 10:31 for the first time since the match’s opening score. The Blue Hose did not allow an Owl goal for over 10 minutes until Ferguson slipped one in with 4:17 to go to pull back even, 14-14.

The defense continued to come up strong as the Owls would not score for the rest of the game. Lyles made a crucial save on a free position shot with 3:04 to go and then, with 36 seconds to go, Ellis scored her 22nd of the year. Ward controlled the ensuing draw to seal the win, 15-14.

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