Gallagher Nets Five as Winthrop Overpowers Campbell

BUISES CREEK, NC Sophomore Shannon Gallagher tallied five goals as the Winthrop lacrosse team downed the Campbell Camels 17-9 Friday afternoon, scoring its first conference victory of the season.

Winthrop (4-9, 1-2) came out strong to start the match, grabbing the first four goals. Danielle Ellis grabbed the first Eagle point less than seven minutes into the contest on a helper from Jenna Kasmarik. Less than two minutes later Logan McCarthy tallied her first of the game.

Kasmarik put the Eagles up 3-0 with 20 minutes left in the first half and Shannon Gallagher tallied her first of the contest with 17:17 on the clock to put Winthrop up 4-0. Campbell (5-6, 1-3) responded with two goals in two minutes to pull within 4-2 with 13:59 on the clock.

The two teams then traded the last four goals of the half starting with Shannon Gallagher putting the Eagles up 5-2 with 11:25 left in the half. After the Camels pulled back within two, the Eagles went back up three from the stick of Abigail Blevins on an assist from Kasmairk, her second of the game. Campbell scored with just over five minutes left in the half to get the score back to 6-4, which was the halftime score.

The Eagles again started the second half strong, scoring the first three goals of the period. Ellis, Gallagher and Hayley Krause each scored in the first 5:30 of the half to put the Eagles up 9-4. Campbell was only able to get as close as four goals throughout the second half at 12-8.

Winthrop increased its lead to seven at 15-8 with 8:11 remaining on three straight goals from Gallagher, Abigail Blevins and Kasmarik. In the final minute of the contest, freshman Megan Faust scored her first career goal on a free-position shot with 10 seconds remaining to bring the final score to 17-9.

Gallagher's five goals came on nine total shots and she also added an assist for a six-point game. Jenna Kasmarik finished with three goals and two assists while Logan McCarthy, Abigail Blevins, Danielle Ellis and Hayley Krause each grabbed two goals apiece. Krause led the team with eight draw controls while Camille King and Abigail Blevins each corralled four ground balls. King picked up the victory in goal and made three saves.

The Eagles will return home on Sunday to host the defending Big South champions, High Point at 1:00 p.m. at Eagle Field.

2014-04-11



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