Catawba Cruises Past Brevard in SAC Action

SALISBURY, NC -- After competing as an independent for two years, Catawba found conference play to its liking with an 18-3 win over visiting Brevard in its first-ever South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday afternoon at Shuford Stadium. The Catawba Indians improve to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the SAC, while the Tornados fall to 0-3 and 0-1.

Meredith Jones (Barnesville, MD/St. John's Catholic HS) and Kim McConnery (Welland, Ontario/Notre Dame HS/Monroe CC) each scored three goals for Catawba with Jones adding a pair of assists. Ebony Mills (Harrison, MD/Oxford Hills HS/Mount Ida), Kaleigh Reidy (Raleigh, NC/Middle Creek HS) and Nicolette Salay (Columbus, NJ/N. Burlington Regional HS) all scored two goals.

Catawba scored the game's first nine goals, leading 2-0 41 seconds on goals from Salay and Mills. Reidy added back-to-back tallies to make it 4-0 after eight minutes.

Julia Gasston (Auckland, NEW ZWALAND) had consecutive goals for Brevard to cut the margin to 9-2, but the Tornados would not score again until Gasston put home the final goal of the game with 25 seconds remaining.

Catawba held a 51-6 edge in shots and won 19 draw controls to four for the Tornados. Brianna Bangle (St. Paul, MN) stopped 17 shots in goal for Brevard.

Catawba will host Notre Dame College on Monday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

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SALISBURY, N.C.- Brevard ( 0-3, 0-1 SAC) lost 18-3 in their first South Atlantic Conference game at Catawba (2-2, 1-0 SAC) on March 1st at Shuford Stadium.

Catawba kept the Tornados scoreless as they went on a nine goal run until the 7:56 mark in the first half. Julia Gasston received the ball off of Emily Medvedoff's draw control for a quick goal.

Gasston had another scoring opportunity in a free position shot at 6:01 after being fouled in the eight meter. She snuck the ball past goalie Bethany Davis on the whistle to cut the deficit to eight goals going into the second half.

Catawba continued to shut Brevard out in the second half as they went on a seven goal run. Meredith Jones and Kim McConnery contributed four goals each for the Indians.

Emily Medvedoff and Gasston split draw control for the Tornados with two each. Medvedoff also led BC with six groundballs.

Brevard was able to put another goal on the scoreboard after Catawba's Kelsey Perusse received a yellow card. The Tornados cleared the ball up field to Julia for the goal in the last 25 seconds of play.

Brevard will travel to Erskine in a non-conference game on Saturday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m.


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