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Winthrop women’s lacrosse overwhelms George Mason

The Winthrop women’s lacrosse team netted 10 second-half goals, seven unanswered, to cruise to a 17-6 victory over the George Mason Patriots on Friday afternoon at Eagle Field

“Alaina Girani had an outstanding game for us in net today,” Winthrop coach John Sung said. “Jenna (Kasmarik) continues to be an unstoppable offensive force and Shannon (Gallagher) and Logan (McCarthy) continue to contribute offensively.”

Winthrop (2-1) put the first two goals of the game on the board, both from free-position attempts. Senior Jenna Kasmarik netted the first just under five minutes into the contest and junior Logan McCarthy made it 2-0 with 23 minutes on the clock. George Mason’s Melissa Lobacarro made it 2-1 less than two minutes later.

The Eagles then went on a 4-0 run fueled by two tallies form Kasmarik, one from McCarthy and one from Shannon Gallagher to go up 6-1 with 10:30 on the clock. The Patriots pulled two goals back to get within 6-3 with just over four minutes left but Kasmarik sent the Eagles into half with a 7-3 lead with just under three minutes on the clock.

A freshman duo of Kristin Shriver and Katie Clark got the Eagles off to a strong start in the second half, each netting unassisted goals in the first four minutes to put Winthrop up 9-3. George Mason came back with back-to-back goals in just 23 seconds to get back within 9-5 with 23:17 on the clock.

Sydney Cope grabbed her first of the game to put the Eagles back up five before the Patriots got one back with just under 20 minutes to play.

After Mason’s sixth goal, the Eagles grabbed full control of the game. Winthrop closed the final 15 minutes scoring seven unanswered tallies. The Eagles got two goals form Gallagher, two from Shriver and one each from Kasmarik, Danielle Ellis and Krista Frowein to reach the 17-6 final.

Kasmarik finished with six points on five goals and one assist while Gallagher and Shriver each tallied three goals. Logan McCarthy also finished with two goals. Freshman Katherine Judge was strong in the loose-ball battle, picking up six draw controls and four ground balls. Freshman goalie Alaina Girani was strong in net for the Eagles, finishing with nine saves and picked up her second victory of the season.

The Eagles grabbed their 17 goals on 28 total shots and went 2-for-3 on free-position attempts. Winthrop totaled 20 ground balls, 10 draw controls and forced 14 turnovers while only committing eight.

Winthrop will be back at home Sunday when it hosts Michigan at 1 p.m.

Softball

Bowling Green 6, Winthrop 1: The Eagles fell to Bowling Green on the opening day of the Cougar Classic hosted by the College of Charleston at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant.

The loss is the third straight for the Eagles (4-7).

“We made three mistakes that led to their big inning,” said Winthrop coach Mark Cooke. “Defense and missed assignments led to their six runs. Dallas (King) probably threw one of the best games she’s thrown in a awhile. She did a good job of getting on top of the hitters. Third straight games we’ve given up in the first inning because of mistakes and we have to get rid of those.”

The Eagles took 1-0 lead in the top of the first as sophomore Maddie Antone extended her hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single up the middle that scored sophomore Paige Haley from second base.

In the bottom of the first the Falcons responded with six runs on six hits, which were all the runs they needed to stake a 6-1 lead.

Winthrop threatened in the third inning as Zharne Glover reached on a fielder’s choice and Antone was hit-by-a-pitch to put runners on first and second with one out. Kelsey Ritter hit a grounder to short that led to Glover getting out at third and then Young grounded out to end the inning.

Winthrop left a total of eight runners stranded and hit into five fielder’s choices that got the lead runner out at second or third.

Women’s basketball

Eagles’ home finale: The Eagles will host Coastal Carolina on Saturday in the final home game of the season at 1 p.m. Seniors Samiya Wright and Taylor Calvert will be honored during pregame senior day ceremonies.

The game is also being observed as Heart2Heart Day in recognition of February being National Heart Month. Fans that make a $2 donation at the door to the Heart2Heart Foundation will be admitted to game for free.

The Eagles (15-11, 11-6 Big South) are still battling to finish as high as second place. Campbell and Radford are tied at 12-5 for second heading into Saturday with High Point (12-6) in third and Winthrop fourth. If Winthrop finishes in a tie with any of those teams, the Eagles would receive the tiebreaker for being the only team to defeat first place Liberty.

Wright and Calvert are closing out their careers with the distinction of being the winningest players in the history of the Winthrop women’s program. With three regular season games plus the Big South tournament remaining, they have been a part of 78 victories, and with one more victory, they are guaranteed of being the first Eagles to leave the program after four straight winning seasons.

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