Coker Drops OT Heartbreaker to Catawba

HARTSVILLE, S.C. Coker lost a heartbreaking 11-10 South Atlantic Conference contest to the Catawba Indians in overtime on Saturday (Apr. 5), at Byerly Park.

Coker got off to a quick start in the first half, taking a 5-2 lead into halftime. The two teams would then exchange goals in the second half, but Catawba would outscore the Cobras 8-5 to force overtime with the score tied at 10-10 at the end of regulation.

At the start of the overtime period, the Cobras got into penalty trouble and were force to play man-down after two yellow cards. Catawba then took advantage of the opportunity and scored the go-ahead goal with just over four minutes remaining. As time continued to tick closer to zero, Coker could not find the back of the net to tie the game, and time would expire in favor of the visiting team.

Mackenzie Baker would be the offensive catalyst for Coker, as she tallied five goals on the day and topped it off with two assists. Hayley Ferone scored two goals of her own, while Ashlyn Burgett, Marabeth Durden, and Danielle Holcomb all recorded one goal apiece.

Mandy Lopez headed the defense with 16 saves between the pipes in 66 minutes of action.

Coker will look to shake off the loss this Monday (Apr. 7) as they travel to Chowan to participate in a nonconference match-up. Game time is set for a 3:00 p.m. start time.

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HARTSVILLE, SC -- Sophomore Meredith Jones (Barnesville, MD/St. John's Catholic HS) scored early in overtime and Catawba went on to defeat host Coker 11-10 in South Atlantic Conference lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Byerly Parl Stadium. The Indians even their record at 6-6 overall and go to 3-1 in the SAC. The Cobras fall to 2-8 and 1-3.

In the first overtime game in school history, Jones took advantage of a man-up situation to notch the eventually game winner with 4:13 left in the extra time. Coker had a shot go wide with about three minutes left, but Catawba ran out the final minute after a Cobra turnover.

The Lady Indians rallied from a halftime deficit for the second straight game. Against Coker, Catawba trailed 5-2 at the break then scored four of the first five goals in the second half to pull even. Ebony Mills (Harrison, ME/Oxford Hills HS/Mount Ida) had two of those goals and Jones tied it at 6-6 with 20:58 to go.

Jones followed a goal from Juliana Conte (Hampton, Ontario, CANADA/Holy Trinity Catholic HS) to give Catawba its first lead at 8-7 with 9:19 remaining. The Lady Indians held a lead three times in the final 10 minutes, but each time Coker answered. Mackenzie Baker sent the game into overtime as she scored with just 41 seconds left in regulation.

Jones, Mills and Alyssa Corace (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac HS) all had three goals for Catawba. Jones and Mills put home all of their goals after the break. Conte scored a pair of goals.

Baker tallied five goals and added two assists to pace Coker. Hayley Ferone picked up two goals.

Each team got off 32 shots with Catawba scoring on its only attempt in overtime. The Lady Indians had a 51-36 edge in ground balls. Catawba also won 14 of the 25 draw controls.

Bethany Davis (Salisbury, MD/Parkside HS) had a big game with 17 saves for the Lady Indians. Coker goalie Mandy Lopez recorded 16 saves.

Catawba is in action again on Sunday, hosting Young Harris at Shuford Stadium at 2:00 p.m. Catawba, which has already set a new high for wins for the young program in just its third season, can win its third straight for the first time ever with a victory on Sunday and would also go over the .500 mark in a season for the first time.


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