Owls Drop Season Opener Against Vanderbilt

KENNESAW, Ga. The Kennesaw State lacrosse team dropped its opening game of the 2014 season to Vanderbilt 20-5.

Anytime a young team welcomes in an established squad like Vanderbilt, it is a good chance to gain experience and continue to take steps as a program.

"It's always nice to have a more established program come in and play at Fifth Third Bank, so we're happy that they could come in and play," head coach Kristina Llanes said. "We grew a lot from today and get a lot of freshman playing time. They were able to see the field and get substantial minutes. I'm happy with the cohesiveness of the team, but we do have some areas that we need to work on before Coastal Carolina."

One of the freshmen that had an immediate impact in the attack was freshman Olivia Hokanson. With 3:46 left in the first half, Hokanson scored her first collegiate goal to get the Owls on the board. Before the half ended, she added on two more goals to make the score 13-3 at halftime.

"It was an awesome experience for me. I was obviously really nervous at the beginning, but I felt like my team was really there for me," Hokanson said.

The freshman weren't the only ones that had an impact on the game. Sophomore Jessica Alderdice scored at the 21:09 mark in the second half to make the score 15-4.

Senior Emily Collins also filled out the stat sheet with one goal, assist, ground ball, caused turnover and draw control.

Freshman Peyton Murdock earned the start in goal and made nine saves in the game.

The Owls will play their next game against Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C. on Saturday, February 22 at 1 P.M. Coastal Carolina is also in its second year as a program.


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