Lacrosse (W)

Women's Lacrosse Falls Just Short of SAC Tourney Final


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The second-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne Bears claimed an 11-9 win over Catawba in the semifinals of the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Friday night at the Queens Sports Complex.  Lenoir-Rhyne, now 11-6, advances to Sunday's final.  The Catawba Indians, who were seeded sixth, end their season at 8-10.

The Lady Indians were trying for their second straight upset in the tournament and held the Bears in check for 50 minutes before LR finally inched ahead.  Catawba had taken the lead with five unanswered goals in the first half to go up 6-1 .  The Bears would eventually take the lead with 7:29 to play on a goal from Torrey Schwitkis. 

Nicolette Salay (Columbus, N.J./N. Burlington Regional) scored the game's first goal at the 27:18 mark before LR tied it on a tally from Brooke Ouderkirk.  Alyssa Corace (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) started the Catawba first-half surge with back-to-back goals at the 23:59 and 19:59 marks of the half.  Megan Shortt (Kernersville, N.C./E. Forsyth) had consecutive goals at 19:34 and 18:02 for a 5-1 edge.  When Kirstyn Kruse (Sagamore Beach, Mass./Williston Northampton Prep) scored a player down with 16:31 remaining in the half, Catawba led 6-1.

Lenoir-Rhyne closed the gap to 7-5 by the half, scoring four of the final five goals.  Catawba responded with two goals in the opening five minutes of the final 30 minutes.  Meredith Jones (Barnesville, Md./St. John's Catholic) got the first with 28:32 left and Shortt her fourth with 26:11 to go, but that would be the last of the night for the Lady Indians.

Schwitkis and Aubriana Benedetto pulled the Bears within 7-5 midway through the final half.  Gabby Sousa cut it to a single goal deficit with 12:30 to go and Benedetto tied it with 9:05 left.  Schwitkis got her go-ahead goal and Clair Wach iced the game with 1:01 to play.

Shortt led Catawba with four goals.  Corace had a two goals and an assist, while Jones had a goal and two helpers.  Bethany Davis (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) picked up nine saves in goal.  Turnovers hurt Catawba in the second half.  Each team had eight at the break, but the Lady Indians had 10 in the second half to just one for the Bears.

Benedetto had three goals and an assist to pace the Bears.  Schwitkis had two goals and two assists with Sousa also scoring twice.  Wach had a goal and two assists.  Ines Flueck stopped only four shots, but had two in the final 10 minutes, including a key one just after the Bears had tied the game.

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