COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Winthrop lacrosse team struggled late in the first half and early in the second, giving up 10 unanswered goals as the Eagles fell 17-8 in their season opener at Ohio State Sunday.
The first 23 minutes of the contest were a back-and-forth battle with both teams making scoring runs. Ohio State (2-0) went up 3-0 just over five minutes into the contest.
Junior Jenna Kasmarik scored her first goal as an Eagle 9:59 into the game and then netted her second less than a minute later to bring the Eagles within 3-2. The Buckeyes responded with two more tallies of their own to go back up 5-2.
Winthrop (0-1) got back on the board from the stick of Kasmarik with 16:01 left in the first half. Sophomore Shannon Gallagher, the 2013 Big South Freshman of the Year, netted her first goal of the year with 13:23 on the clock on an assist by sophomore goalie Camille King. Sophomore Abigail Blevins tied the contest at 5-5 on a man-up opportunity with 8:15 left in the first half.
The Eagles looked to have all of the momentum off of the three straight goals, but Ohio State fought back only 33 seconds later to go up 6-5. The Buckeyes scored six unanswered to go into the half up 11-5.
Out of the halftime break, Ohio State continued their offensive pressure, netting four goals in the first seven minutes to go up 15-5.
Sophomore Logan McCarthy got the scoring going again for the Eagles with 20:27 left in the second half for her first of the season. Freshman Sydney Cope grabbed her first goal as an Eagle just over four minutes later and Kasmarik netted her fourth of the game with 11:11 left in the game.
“The scoreboard may not have been what we wanted, but I’m happy with the resilience we showed today,” head coach John Sung said. “The girls played with a lot of energy and proved that we could play with an established team.”
Kasmarik totaled her four goals on seven total shots on goal. She also secured five draw controls and one ground ball. Sophomore Krista Frowein went scoreless but did register three shots on goal. In goal for the Eagles, Camille King registered 14 saves.
Winthrop registered a total of 19 shots to 33 for Ohio State. The Buckeyes won the battle in the center circle, grabbing 16 draw controls to Winthrop’s 11.
The Eagles will return to action on Friday, February 14 in their home opener at 6 p.m. against the Aztecs of San Diego State University.