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Rough Start Too Much For Women's Lacrosse To Overcome

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WINGATE, N.C. -- Host Wingate scored the first six goals and went on to top Catawba 16-10 in South Atlantic Conference women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Graham Gill Field.  The Bulldogs improve to 8-4 overall and 3-2 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians fall to 5-5 and 3-2.

Wingate used a big edge in draw controls, winning 20 and losing just eight, to control play.  The Bulldogs tallied first at the 26:18 mark with a goal from Shannon O'Neal to take a lead it never gave up.  It was a five-goal spurt over a four and half minute span just after 10 minutes that proved pivotal.

Emily Nosek made it 2-0 at the 19:22 mark and when scored back-to-back at 15:48 and 14:54, Wingate led 6-0.  O'Neal had one of the goals in the run, while Brittany Andrews scored twice. 

Catawba scored five of the next seven goals, two each from Kirstyn Kruse (Sagamore Beach, Mass./Williston Northampton Prep) and Megan Shortt (Kernersville, N.C./E. Forsyth, to close within 9-5.  Wingate's Paulena Dempsey scored twice before the half to give the Bulldogs an 11-5 edge at the break.

The Bulldogs went up 12-5 early in the second half before Catawba reeled off three in a row to close the gap to 12-8.  Wingate answered with goals from Dempsey and O'Neal as the early hole proved too much for the Lady Indians to overcome.

Kruse led Catawba with four goals.  Shortt and Meredith Jones (Barnesville, Md./St. Johns Catholic) each had two goals and an assist, while Nicolette Salay (Columbus, N.J./N. Burlington Regional) added a goal and a helper.

O'Neal and Dempsey each put in five goals for Wingate.  Nosek posted four goals with two assists.  Arion Pierre stopped nine shots in goal.

Catawba is home on Monday as the Lady Indians play host to Mount Olive at 4 pm.

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