On Tuesday, March 16, Coastal Carolina University’s woman’s lacrosse team finished their season opener with a final score of 16-14 against the Winthrop Eagles.
For many seniors like Sophie Crowther, this would be their last season opener as a Chanticleer.
“I think we came out flat in the first half thinking we were going to walk away with an easy win, which is never a good mindset to have in any game, no matter who your opponent is,” said Crowther.
Five short minutes into the first half Haley Alexander scored the first goal of the game at 25:54, assisted by Julia Imbo.
Alexander played a crucial role in the offense and scored four goals for the Chanticleers.
After Alexanders goal, Winthrop then controlled the ball and scored three consecutive goals leaving the score 3-1, with 21:13 left in the half.
Hannah Krin then got possession of the ball and scored the fifth and sixth goal of the game. The second goal by Krin was assisted by Madeline Bromley, who had six assists overall, which really set the team up for success.
Nicole Beatson then scored a goal out of a timeout. Beatson continued to control the ball and scored four consecutive goals before halftime, leaving the Eagles with an 8-5 lead at the break.
Former team member, Keri White, was in attendance with her team for the season opener. White is continuing her lacrosse career as the assistant coach of the North Myrtle Beach girl’s lacrosse team.
“I think they needed to be sharper on and off the ball, with more movement and tighter defense,” White said
For the majority of the game, Coastal played a man-to-man defense opposed to their zone defense.
“I think that we would have been more successful in our zone defense and we could have had more turnovers,” Crowther said.
The Chanticleers started off the second half strong with a goal by Alexander, assisted by Bromley. With the score 8-6, the Chanticleers were still working to catch up. Senior Courtney Genovese then scored her first goal of the game, leaving Coastal one point behind.
Winthrop then got control of the ball and scored three unanswered goals, putting the score at 11-7.
The Chanticleers, eager to catch up, called a timeout and immediately following the timeout Imbo came out and scored a goal.
The possession was back and forth, and the Eagles scored twice before Coastal could answer with a goal by Crowther and Bromley.
The score was 13-10 with 10:13 left on the clock. Sophomore Sarah McEvoy then scored her first goal of the game, followed by Alexander.
With 2:25 left on the scoreboard, sophomore Sarah McEvoy caused the turnover in the 12 and passed the ball across the field to Bromley, and then to sophomore Lyla Robinson, where she scores, giving the chanticleers a chance to win.
With less than two minutes left on the clock, the Eagles get control of the ball and Coastal fouled that led to Katie Clark a free position shot, where she scored. The Eagles gained possession after the draw and pass around the eight in order to secure their two-point lead and would ultimately come away with the 16-14 win.
After the loss, Kaitlin Frederick, the offensive assistant coach for Coastal, stressed the importance of them needing stops defensively.
“I think we needed to control the things that we could control. We needed to pick each other up and have each other’s backs, and I don’t think we did a very good job of doing that,” said Frederick. “If we take care of all of the little things the big picture will come together, and we will be able to play a full game from end to end.”
The Chanticleers are missing two of their key players Gabby Vujanic and Anya McSorley, who are out on injury.