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Winthrop faces High Point in Big South lacrosse semifinal

Winthrop’s Jenna Kasmarik topped the 70-goal mark Tuesday. She leads NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse in goals.
Winthrop’s Jenna Kasmarik topped the 70-goal mark Tuesday. She leads NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse in goals. bmccormick@heraldonline.com

The Winthrop lacrosse team will battle High Point Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the semifinals of the Big South Tournament at Eagle Field.

The top-seeded Eagles and the fourth-seeded Panthers will meet for the second time in only eight days and for the second straight year in the conference semifinals. The winner of Friday’s match advances to Sunday’s final and will play for a chance to reach the NCAA tournament.

Winthrop advanced to the Big South semifinals with a 21-5 victory over the eighth-seeded Presbyterian Blue Hose Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday’s victory was the 15th on the season for the Eagles and set a new Big South record for single-season wins.

The Eagles were led by junior Shannon Gallagher’s all-around effort that included a tournament-record eight goals, four ground balls and five forced turnovers. Senior Jenna Kasmairk and freshman Allie Yeager each scored four times, and junior Abigail Blevins added three.

High Point won its quarterfinal contest 14-9 over the fifth-seeded Longwood Lancers. Sophomore Samantha Brown scored a career-high five goals in the victory.

Winthrop and the Panthers met in the final regular season game on April 24 in High Point. High Point took home an 8-7 victory in overtime. Panther goalie Julia Burns posted 14 saves while Winthrop’s freshman goalie Alaina Girani made nine saves.

The winner of Friday’s matchup will face the winner of the other semifinal contest between No. 2 Liberty and No. 3 Coastal Carolina, which will be played at 7 p.m. at Eagle Field on Friday. Sunday’s championship will be 1 p.m. at Eagle Field and will be broadcast live on ESPN3.

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