Hot start sees Denver past Winthrop lacrosse

03/17/2014 3:59 PM

03/17/2014 4:17 PM

The Winthrop women’s lacrosse team dropped a 16-9 decision to the Denver Pioneers Monday afternoon at a cold and wet Eagle Field.

Denver (5-1), positioned right outside the top-20 in most of the major college lacrosse polls, got off to a strong start, netting the first four goals in the opening 10:38 of the contest. Winthrop got one back off the stick of Jenna Kasmarik with 17:43 on the clock, but then the Pioneers took the next five to go up 9-1 with 5:11 left in the half.

The Eagles (2-5) closed the half on a positive note as Mary Accomando scored with less than five minutes to play, and Kasmarik scored back-to-back goals to bring Winthrop within 9-4 at the break.

Winthrop and Denver traded two goals to start the second half before the Pioneers gave themselves some breathing room with four unanswered goals to go up 14-5 with 20:15 left in the game.

The Eagles continued to attack the Denver net with Shannon Gallagher netting two goals, Kasmarik adding another and Alyssa Blevins getting on the scoreboard in the final 20 minutes.

Kasmarik finished with four goals on seven shots and went 1-for-2 on free-position attempts. Gallagher scored twice and recorded one assist while Logan McCarthy assisted on two goals. Camille King finished with nine saves.

Winthrop will now head on the road to the University of Michigan for a 7 p.m. contest against the Wolverines on Thursday.

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