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Women's Lacrosse Advances To SAC Semis WIth Win Over Wingate


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba out-scored visiting Wingate 8-3 in the second half to grab a 15-11 win in the opening round of the South Atlantic Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Tuesday night at Shuford Stadium.  The fourth-seeded Catawba Indians improve to 9-8 overall and advance to a Friday semifinal against Queens.  The Bulldogs, seeded fifth, fall to 9-8.

It was nearly the same script as the regular season meeting between the teams which saw the scored tied 6-6 after 30 minutes before Catawba claimed a 17-10 victory.  Tonight, Wingate held an 8-7 lead at the break, but could not hold off the Lady Indians rally.

Catawba quickly took the lead in the second half.  Kourtney Jones (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman HS) tied it at the 28:18 mark and back-to-back goals from Alyssa Corace (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac HS) put the Lady Indians up to stay.  Corace's goals came 19 seconds apart and put Catawba on top 10-8 with 27:09 remaining.

Wingate twice pulled within a goal on tallies from Erin Murphy (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman Charter) and Paulena Dempsey (Jarrettsville, Md./N. Harford HS), but the Bulldogs could not get a tying goal.  Megan Shortt (Kernersville, N.C./E. Forsyth HS) converted with a player advantage with 15:40 left which started a four-goal run by the Lady Indians that made it 15-10 with 5:04 to go.

Caroline Beggs (St. Johns, Fla./Bratram Trail HS) had one of those goals which upped her season total to 50 on the  year.  She finished with a game-high five goals and added an assist.  Corace scored four goals.

Wingate got four goals from Dempsey and three goals and one assist from Murphy.  Dempsey had three of her goals in the opening half to help the Bulldogs grab the lead.  Catawba had scored the opening three goals before the Bulldogs fought back, taking the lead for the first time at 7-6 on a free-position shot by Murphy at the 6:53 mark of the half. 

Bethany Davis (Salisbury, Md./Parkside HS) had a big second half for Catawba.  After making just two saves on 10 shots on goal in the first half she stopped five of eight shots on goal in the final 30 minutes.  Wingate's Nicole Hinkle (Fallston, Md./N. Harford HS) had seven saves in the first half, but only one in the second half.

Catawba won 18 of the 26 draw controls with Hannah Scott (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne's Co. HS) getting six and Jones four.  The Lady Indians took advantage of four Wingate penalties in the final 16 minutes with a pair of man-up goals. 

The Lady Indians will face top-seeded Queens in Charlotte on Friday at 4 pm in the first of two semifinals.

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