Winthrop Defeats Marquette in Inaugural Home Contest

ROCK HILL, SC 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 1:00 p.m.

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ROCK HILL, S.C. Marquette University fell to Winthrop, 17-7, in its inaugural game Friday evening at Eagle Field in Rock Hill, S.C.

The Golden Eagles (0-1) received a pair of goals each from sophomore Nicole Gleason and freshmen Lauren Hooker and Claire Costanza. Freshman Kenzie Brown also added a marker.

Winthrop (2-1) was paced by freshman Claire Feeney's seven goals, including four in the opening period.

Winthrop led by as many 13 goals at 15-2 before MU cut into the Eagles' advantage with five-straight goals midway through the second half. Costanza netted a pair of goals during that stretch as did Gleason. Costanza also assisted on both of Gleason's tallies. Hooker added her second of the night at the 12:50 mark.

Hooker, a Grand Rapids, Mich., native, scored the first goal in program history with 24:58 left in the first half. Hooker cut up the right wing into the eight-meter arc and fired a shot past Winthrop goalie Camille King.

Brown tallied MU's second marker of the contest by beating King past her right shoulder, painting the upper left corner of the cage for the goal.

Winthrop took a 10-2 advantage into the half with a 20-6 edge in shots. WU held a 38-16 edge in shots for the contest.

The game also marked the first home game ever for Winthrop, which began its first season of competition Feb. 8 at Howard.

The Golden Eagles return to action Sunday, Feb. 17 at 11:00 a.m. CT in Conway, S.C. against Coastal Carolina at Brooks Stadium.


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