Gallagher, Wallenhorst Help Eagles Soar Over Owls

ROCK HILL, SC – Freshmen Shannon Gallagher and Megan Wallenhorst each recorded 10 points Friday as the Winthrop lacrosse team routed the Kennesaw State Owls 22-8 in an afternoon contest at Eagle Field.

Winthrop improved its record to 5-4 overall with the victory, while Kennesaw State fell to 0-5 on the season.

Gallagher achieved her 10 points with seven goals and three assists on 11 shots. She was 1 of 2 on free-position attempts. Wallenhorst netted six goals and added four assists on 10 shots and was also 1 of 2 on free-position attempts.

"This was a great way to end our spring break," head coach John Sung said. "It was a great performance from Shannon and Megan and an overall great boost for our team. We've got to keep pushing from here. We'll give them a few days off then start preparing for Jacksonville."

Winthrop took a little while to get into a groove Friday. Megan Wallenhorst got the scoring started just over three minutes into the contest. After the Owls tied the game two minutes later, back-to-back goals by Shannon Gallagher gave the Eagles a 3-1 lead.

Kennesaw State stayed close through the first 15 minutes as the Eagles only led by three at 6-3, but Winthrop then turned up the offensive pressure netting six unanswered goals and outscoring the Owls 9-2 in the final 11:29 of the first half to take a 15-5 lead into the break.

With a running clock throughout the second half, the scoring slowed, but the Eagles were able to grab as much as a 15-goal cushion at 22-7. Winthrop held Kennesaw to only three goals in the second half en route to the 22-8 victory.

The Eagles finished the game with a season-high 43 shots including 35 shots on goal. Winthrop dominated the center circle, taking 20 draw controls to Kennesaw's 12. Hayley Krause led the Eagles with 10 draw controls.

Winthrop will return to action on Friday, March 22 at Jacksonville University of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.

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ROCK HILL, S.C. – Junior Emily Collins (Snellville, Ga./Decatur HS) and freshman Senneca Ward (Peachtree City, Ga./McIntosh HS) scored three goals apiece to lead Kennesaw State as it fell 22-8 to Winthrop at Eagle Field on Friday.

Collins finished with five points, while Ward recorded four points for the Owls (0-5).

With the score tied 1-1, the Eagles (5-4) scored eight of the game's next 10 goals to build a 9-3 advantage with 10:15 remaining in the first half. Winthrop went on to take a 15-5 halftime lead as it outshot Kennesaw State, 30-12 in the first half.

“I definitely think the time off with Spring Break hurt us,” head coach Kristina Llanes said. “We mentally weren't prepared to execute today. We lost our focus a lot.

“They (Eagles) maintained possession of the ball very well. Coach (John) Sung's offense is very sharp in terms of its set skills. That definitely allowed them to create opportunities for each other in the crease,” Llanes added.

Winthrop was led by the duo of Sharon Gallagher and Megan Wallenhorst, who totaled 11 and 10 points, respectively. Gallagher had seven goals and three assists, while Wallenhorst contributed six goals and four assists.

Kennesaw State also had a productive duo of its own in Collins and Ward. The two combined for six of the Owls' eight goals, and assisted three those scores. Freshmen Kylar Ferguson (Marietta, Ga./Sprayberry HS) and Taylor Southerland (Acworth, Ga./Harrison HS) rounded out the scoring for the Owls.

Another bright spot for Kennesaw State was the play of freshman goalie Beth Cochran (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter HS), who faced 43 shots and recorded a career-high 13 saves.

“She (Beth) did well for us today. She was patient in the crease today, which is something we've been working on a lot,” Llanes said. “She was a leader on the defensive end today.”

Kennesaw State returns to action on Friday (Mar. 22) when they travel to Clinton, S.C. to take on Presbyterian beginning at 6:00 p.m.


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