Kasmarik, Blevins Lead Winthrop Past Coastal Carolina

ROCK HILL, SC Junior Jenna Kasmarik tied a season-high with six goals and sophomore Abigail Blevins tallied three goals and three assists Monday afternoon, as the Eagles downed the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 16-10 in Big South action at Eagle Field.

With the victory, the Eagles improved to 5-10 overall and 2-3 in the conference while Coastal fell to 4-11 overall and 2-4 in the Big South.

Winthrop came out strong, grabbing the first two goals in the opening three minutes, both from the stick of Kasmarik. Coastal pulled one goal back less than a minute later, before the Eagles went on a tear, scoring six unanswered goals to go up 8-1 with 12:45 remaining in the half.

After the Chanticleers scored to make the score 8-2, Winthrop got three unanswered, one each from Abigail Blevins, Sydney Cope and Danielle Ellis to increase the lead to 11-2. Coastal grabbed one more with less than a minute before half to make the score 11-3 at the break.

Kasmarik got the Eagles on the board to start the second half, less than four minutes in. Coastal quickly responded but back-to-back goals from Shannon Gallagher and Kasmarik put the Eagles up 14-4 with 15:53 left in the game.

Coastal was able to score three unanswered goals to get within 14-7 with 8:07 on the clock. Abigail Blevins scored her third of the game with 4:21 left and Kasmarik got her sixth with under a minute to play as the Eagles cruised to victory.

In addition to Kasmarik's and Blevins' six-point outings, Shannon Gallagher tallied five points on three goals and two assists. Danielle Ellis added two points on a goal and an assist. Three Eagles each totaled three draw controls, Gallagher led the team with five ground balls and Kasmarik forced three turnovers. Camille King picked up the victory, recording two saves.

Winthrop will continue its busy week on Friday when the Eagles head to Lynchburg, VA to take on the Liberty Flames at 6:00 p.m.

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Rock Hill, S.C. Winthrop (5-10, 2-3) used the eight-goal lead that it built up in the first half against Coastal (4-11, 2-4) to take a 16-10 win over the Chanticleers in Monday's lacrosse match at Eagle Field. Despite the large deficit after the opening half, the Chanticleers battled to the end, outscoring the Eagles 7-5 in the second.

Winthrop finished the game outshooting Coastal 29-15, nine of which came off the stick of Jenna Kasmarik who led the Eagles with six goals.

Kasmarik broke the scoreless tie just over a minute into the game, followed by a second goal at the 27 minute mark of the first half to give Winthrop a 2-0 lead.

Sara Nolan put the Chants on the board with her 26th goal of the season at 26:03 of the first, but Winthrop's offense went on a tear, outscoring Coastal 9-2 in the remainder of the half. Coastal's second and third goals of the day each came from sophomore Charlotte O'Leary, who finished the game with a team-high of four

Coming out of the break Winthrop scored three of the second half's first four goals, with Kasmarik once against opening the scoring, but the Chants did a better job of dictating the pace of play. Coastal managed to string together consecutive goals for the first time all game midway through the second half as Keri White, Lily Yednock and Rachel Ferrera each notched their only goals of the day.

Freshman Maggie Carr finished with three points for the Chants, assisting on two O'Leary goals before scoring one of her own with under a minute left in play. Nolan netted the final goal of the game with just 37 seconds remaining.

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