Winthrop University

Women’s lacrosse thrills, stays perfect

From staff, wire reports

The Winthrop lacrosse team came away with a thrilling 10-9 come-from-behind victory Sunday over the William & Mary Tribe to remain undefeated on the season.

In a game of runs, it was the Eagles who came away with the last and most important. Winthrop (7-0) trailed 8-6 after William & Mary (2-3) went on a 6-0 run which included three goals to end the first half and three goals to start the second half. Through the first 14 minutes of the second half, the Tribe possession game kept Winthrop from getting many quality scoring chances.

Freshman Alexis Linhardt put an end to the William & Mary run with a free-position goal with 15:28 on the clock. Only 24 seconds later, senior Hayley Krause was set up on a free-position attempt and she dished the ball off to fellow senior Danielle Ellis who rolled around the cage and put the ball in the back of the net to tie the contest at 8-8 with 15:04 remaining.

The Eagles were able to control the tempo of the contest. Katie Clark gave Winthrop the lead back with 13:22 remaining on a free-position goal. With Winthrop taking the one-goal lead, sophomore goalie Alaina Girani stepped up her game. Girani recorded seven of her nine saves in the second half with four of them coming after the Eagles took the lead.

With 7:25 remaining, Kristen Shriver found a cutting Logan McCarthy in front of the Tribe cage and McCarthy buried what would become the game-winning goal.

Clark, Shriver, Ellis and Linhardt each tallied two goals while Abigail Blevins and Logan McCarthy each netted one. Shannon Gallagher, who was held scoreless for the first time this season and for only the third time in the last two years, led the Eagles with six ground balls and five forced turnovers.

The Eagles will now prepare for its second doubleheader of the season Saturday. Winthrop will host Army at noon followed by Bryant at 6 p.m., both at Eagle Field.

Baseball: Anthony Paulsen singled home Kyle Edwards for the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning to lift Winthrop (7-5) to a thrilling come-from-behind 8-7 home victory over Rhode Island Sunday. With the win, the Eagles took decisive Game 3 of the weekend series against the Rams (2-7).

Winthrop right hander Zach Sightler was solid, going seven innings with six strikeouts. He allowed six hits, a walk and three runs. Winthrop will play at Clemson Wednesday beginning at 4.

Softball: Senior Maisie Steed hit her first home run of the season in the fourth inning to put Kentucky up eight runs on Winthrop and fellow senior Kelsey Nunley recorded her 16th career shutout 8-0 on Sunday as Kentucky closed the Winthrop Invitational as the 2016 champions.

Women’s Tennis: Winthrop (7-1) knocked off previously unbeaten ETSU 4-1 on Sunday at Johnson City, Tenn., as the Eagles extended their winning streak to seven matches in a row. Winthrop won the doubles point by claiming two of the three matches and won three singles matches.

Men’s tennis: The men (6-6) fell 4-1 at home on Sunday to Troy. Winthrop’s point came with wins in two of the doubles matches.