April 21, 2018
Women's Lacrosse Overcomes Six Yellow Cards to Top Tusculum
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba clinched third place in the South Atlantic Conference and its first back-to-back winning seasons in women’s lacrosse with a 13-11 win over visiting Tusculum on Saturday afternoon at Shuford Stadium. The Catawba Indians improve to 10-7 overall and 6-2 in the SAC, while the Pioneers fall to 6-10 and 4-4.
In a game that never saw a team lead by more than two goals, Catawba outlasted the Pioneers by scoring three of the final four goals. Katie Barth broke the final tie of the contest with 6:10 remaining then tallied just over a minutes later to put the Lady Indians up 12-10. Tusculum closed within a goal with 4:16 to go, but Catawba kept the Pioneers off the scoreboard the rest of the way and Imani Grays iced the game on a goal with 12 seconds left.
Catawba got the opening two goals before the Pioneers scored four of the next five to go up 4-3. The lead was short as Barth answered the go-ahead Pioneer goal by Claire Stanton just 13 seconds later. TC took its last lead at the 11:59 mark on a goal from Rachel Holmes, but Gianna Pezzulo tied the game again eight minutes before the half. Madison Anselmo kept the game tied at the half, stopping a breakaway in the final seconds and batting the ball out of the goal mouth after the deflection.
The Lady Indians scored three of the first four goals of the second half and went up 10-8 as Pezzulo scored with 9:48 to go. Erin Sims and Savannah Elliot tied the game before Barth’s back-to-back tallies lifted Catawba. Her first came a player down and marked the fourth man down goal by Catawba on the day as both Barth and Becky Frost scored twice with a Catawba player in the box.
Barth led Catawba with four goals. Pezzulo scored twice and added three assists. Frost and Brooklyn Tilley each scored twice, while Anselmo tallied nine saves.
Elliott had four goals to pace Tusculum. Rachel Holmes had two goals, while Madison Malone had a goal and seven assists while winning eight draw controls. Kate Pipkin made 16 saves.
Catawba will host Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday in the first round of the SAC Tournament. The game is set for a 4 pm start.
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