ROCK HILL, SC – The Winthrop women’s lacrosse team completed its inaugural season Sunday as the Eagles fell short of upsetting the Davidson Wildcats 11-5 at Eagle Field.
Winthrop completed its first season of NCAA competition with a 9-8 record overall and a 3-4 mark in the Big South. Davidson improved to 10-6 overall and remained undefeated in conference with a 7-0 record. The Wildcats will be the top seed in the upcoming Big South tournament.
“This season was an amazing ride,” head coach John Sung said. “We played well today and finally played with patience. The mistakes that we are making are correctable and that’s the good news. I’m excited to get season two of Winthrop lacrosse under way.”
Freshman Claire Feeney got the scoring started 3:46 into the first half, netting her 29th goal of the season on an assist from sophomore Alyssa Blevins to put Winthrop up 1-0. Davidson responded with three quick goals, two from Alanna Parker and one from Emma Sissman on a man advantage.
Winthrop did not allow the Wildcats to pull away as the Eagles picked up a goal with 21:19 left in the half from Logan McCarthy and another just over four minutes later from Alyssa Blevins to tie the game at 3-3 with 17:14 remaining.
Davidson again went back up by two before Megan Wallenhorst tallied her 34th goal of the season with 11:05 on the first-half clock to get the Eagles within 5-4. The Wildcats added one more goal in the first half to take a 6-4 lead into the break.
Winthrop worked to slow the game down in the second half. The Eagles got the first tally of the second period as Krista Frowein netted her fourth goal of the season 3:58 into the second half to get Winthrop within one.
The Eagles were unable to muster any more goals in the second half as Davidson scored five unanswered tallies to win the game 11-5.
Winthrop finished with five goals on 15 shots and two assists. Hayley Krause led the Eagles with six draw controls. Goalie Camille King finished with six saves.
Davidson outshot the Eagles 19-15 and the Wildcats’ goalie recorded eight saves to Winthrop’s six. The two teams were even on ground balls and Winthrop won the draw control battle 11-7.