The Winthrop women’s lacrosse team was unable to build momentum Friday evening in a battle with the Virginia Cavaliers, falling 18-6 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Winthrop finishes the most successful season in Big South history with a 17-4 record. Virginia advances to face Penn State on Sunday.
“I am extremely proud of what this team has done,” said John Sung, coach at Winthrop. “We battled hard against an ACC opponent and represented the Big South well.”
Early in the first half the Eagles were able to limit the Cavalier offense to only three goals through the first 10 minutes but were unable to find the back of the net themselves. Virginia was able to take a 6-0 lead with 14:37 on the clock before Winthrop was able to strike.
Freshman Katie Clark grabbed the first Winthrop goal, unassisted with 13:42 remaining in the half. Just over two minutes later, junior Shannon Gallagher scored on a strong individual effort, to bring Winthrop within 6-2 with 12:28 on the clock. The Cavaliers closed the first half with three straight goals but Winthrop was able to pick up a big defensive stand in the final minute to go into the break, down 9-2.
Virginia got started quickly in the second half, scoring only 14 seconds in. Winthrop responded with a free-position goal from Katie Clark with 27:14 left in the contest, trailing 10-3. Virginia then went on a 3-0 run and hit a running clock, up 13-3 with 23:40 left in the game.
Winthrop was able to pull two back on goals from junior Krista Frowein and senior Jenna Kasmarik to bring the score to 14-5 with 19:38 to play. Freshman Allie Yeager was also able to get on the scoresheet with a goal with 13:55 on the clock. The Eagles were unable to net another, falling 18-6.
Clark finished with two goals while Kasmarik, Frowein, Gallagher and Yeager each tallied one. Shriver recorded the only assist for the Eagles. Freshman goalie Alaina Girani notched five saves in the loss.