Shannon Gallagher netted four goals Saturday afternoon as the Winthrop women’s lacrosse team battled the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for a 7-6 victory, snapping a two-game losing skid.
With the victory the Eagles finish their non-conference slate at 9-3 and will open conference play next Saturday at Radford. UMBC fell to 5-3.
Winthrop went on the offensive early in the first half, earning multiple scoring opportunities. Gallagher found the net twice in the first 10 minutes for the Eagles while the Retrievers netted one and Winthrop led 2-1 with 21:34 on the clock.
Abigail Blevins gave the Eagles a two-goal cushion with 14:30 remaining in the half, but UMBC pulled back within one with just over 11 minutes left in the half. The final 11 minutes went by scoreless and the Eagles took a 3-2 lead into the break.
Gallagher got the Eagles off to a fast start in the second half, scoring only 55 seconds into the period. Katie Clark scored just over four minutes later to give Winthrop a 5-2 lead. The Retrievers fought back scoring the next three goals to tie the contest at 5-5 with 13:25 remaining.
Gallagher scored her fourth of the contest with 10:24 on the clock to give Winthrop another one-goal edge. Blevins gave the Eagles a little breathing room, netting her second of the game with 7:54 left in the contest, putting Winthrop up 7-5. Less than a minute later, UMBC pulled back within one.
Over the final six minutes of the contest the ball went up and down the field with neither squad able to get a shot before the Retrievers got a shot off with 35 seconds left that went high. Winthrop grabbed one final ground ball with 12 seconds left to seal the victory.
Gallagher was perfect on the afternoon, netting her four goals on four shots. Katherine Judge led the Eagles in both draw controls with three and ground balls with four. Alaina Girani finished the game with 10 saves while allowing the six goals.
UMBC led the Eagles on shots, 25-20, but Winthrop won the ground ball and draw control battles. The Eagles were 1-for-3 on free-position shots while the Retrievers were 0-for-4.
Liberty 5, Winthrop 3: The Eagles dropped the final game of their Big South series in Lynchburg, Va.
Winthrop is now 10-20 overall and 0-3 in the Big South. Liberty is now 14-13 and 3-0 in the league. It was the 10th straight game on the road over the last 10 days and the Eagles will remain on the road for a doubleheader on Wednesday at Presbyterian College starting at 2 p.m.
The Eagles led after the first as Leah Young hit her eighth home run of the season with a shot down the left field line. That hit extended her streak of reaching base to 20 games. The streak is tied for the 4th best streak since 2006.
Liberty then tied the game in the bottom of the second as Tori Zavodny got it started with a leadoff walk. She was sacrificed to second and then scored on a single by Kassidy McCoy to center. Two batters later the Flames took a 2-1 lead as Jaclyn Amader singled to right and then moved to second on the throw home to put runners at second and third with one out. Dallas King was able to avoid any more damage as the runner on third tried to score on a ground ball but was thrown out by King at home. Then Amader was picked off at third to end the inning by Paige Haley’s throw.
A leadoff double in the bottom of the third to Madison Kotchey got things going for Liberty as it added two more runs for a 4-1 lead. Kotchey and Alexia Taylor, who walked after the Kotchey double, scored on a single up the middle from Zavodny. A solo home run by Toni Pancione in the top of the fourth cut the deficit in half for the Eagles, but Liberty pushed the lead back to three with a leadoff home run by Amader.
Winthrop didn’t go down easy as the seventh started with Chace Helms reaching on an error. Pinch-runner Madison Templeton moved to second on a grounder and then advanced to third on a grounder by Brooke Ellison. Templeton came around to score on the play on an errant throw by Liberty’s pitcher Chandler Ball.
King took the loss in the circle for Winthrop as she allowed four runs on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts in three innings. Helms tossed the final three innings allowing one run on three hits with two walks. Julia DiMartino earned the win for Liberty as she allowed two runs on four hits with no walks and a strikeout in four innings.
Liberty 4, Winthrop 3: The Eagles lost in Lynchburg, Va., to the Flames in a battle of previously Big South unbeaten teams.
The loss drops No. 53 ranked Winthrop to 11-3 overall and 3-1 in Big South play while Liberty improves to 9-8 and 5-0 in conference.
Liberty jumped out to a 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point with a sweep. Freshman Lauren Proctor evened the match at 1-1 with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles over Maria Khval. Winthrop took the lead after senior Alice Garcia dispatched Anna Dollar 6-0, 7-6 (7-3), but the Flames bounced back to take wins at the No. 4 and No. 5 spots. Junior Caitlin lost for the just the second time at the No. 4 position as she fell to Belen Rivera 6-4, 6-2.
Sophomore Maria Humberg tied the match at 3-3 with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) win over Evangeline Crist at No. 3, but Valier Thong clinched the Liberty win with a 6-2, 6-3 over senior Tinjana Uzelac at No. 6.