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Winthrop roundup: Gallagher and Girani earn weekly lacrosse awards

Winthrop's Shannon Gallagher and her teammates close out the women’s college lacrosse regular season this week with games against Coastal Carolina and High Point.
Winthrop's Shannon Gallagher and her teammates close out the women’s college lacrosse regular season this week with games against Coastal Carolina and High Point. Special to The Herald

Shannon Gallagher and Alaina Girani have each earned Big South Lacrosse weekly honors announced by the conference office Tuesday.

Gallagher was tabbed as the offensive player of the week for the second time this season. Gallagher turned in two five-point performances this week. Wednesday against Gardner-Webb she netted three goals and assisted on two others and on Saturday against Campbell she scored four goals and recorded one assist.

Gallagher scored the game-winning goal in both contests. She also picked up six ground balls, corralled six draw controls and forced nine turnovers over the two games.

For the fifth time this season, Girani has been named the league’s defensive player of the week. Girani recorded both victories for the Eagles last week, posting four saves against Gardner-Webb and making six stops against Campbell.

The Eagles close the regular season this week with a road game at Coastal Carolina Wednesday and a home game against High Point Sunday. Sunday’s contest will be Senior Day for the Eagles with the winner earning the regular season title and hosting rights for the conference tournament.

Men’s golf finishes fourth at Big South championship

The Winthrop men’s golf team finished fourth and junior Zach Seabolt tied for second in the 2016 Big South Conference Golf Championship that finished up Tuesday at The Patriot Golf Club near Ninety Six.

Seabolt had his best tournament performance of the year, tying Liberty’s Isaiah Logue for second in the medalist competition after shooting a 7-under 209 (70-70-69). He started the final round in fourth place and moved up the leaderboard with his final round of 3-under 69 to earn All-Big South Championship honors. Charleston Southern’s Austin James shot an 11-under 205 (68-68-69) to win the tournament.

Winthrop freshman Sawyer Mills and Fort Mill senior Nick Eberhardt also received Big South honors at the awards ceremony. Mills was voted to the All-Big South freshman team by the league’s head coaches, while Eberhardt was named to the All-Academic team.

Liberty captured the championship and earned an automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Regionals. The No. 1 seeded Flames used a 5-under par performance in Monday’s second round to build an 11-shot lead over second place Campbell heading into Tuesday. Liberty was the only school to finish below par with a final total of 853 (286-281-286) as it won its fourth Big South title in the last six years. Campbell finished second, followed by Charleston Southern.

The Eagles turned in a 54-hole score of 19-over par 883 (293-293-297) on the Par 72, 7,120-yard layout.

Eberhardt completed his collegiate career by tying for 14th place after shooting 5-over 221. He had rounds of 72 and 78 during the first two days and finished with a 1-under 71 on Monday.

Sawyer Mills finished 26th at 229 (75-71-79), while his brother Parker (a junior) tied senior Christian Sease for 40th place as they shot 231.

All-Conference Team

Austin James, Charleston Southern; Craig Hornberger, Campbell; R.J. Keur, Charleston Southern; Isaiah Logue, Liberty; Gaston Bertinotti, Campbell; Michael DeMorat, Liberty; Vincent Blanchette, Gardner-Webb; Jesper Svensson, Campbell; Davis Parker, Presbyterian College; Ray Kraivixien, Campbell

All-Freshman Team

Jesper Svensson, Campbell; Ray Kraivixien, Campbell; Sawyer Mills, Winthrop; Gabriel Lench, Liberty; Jordan Boulton, Longwood

All-Championship Team

Austin James, Charleston Southern; Zach Seabolt, Winthrop; Isaiah Logue, Liberty; Jesper Svensson, Campbell; Jordan Boulton, Longwood

All-Academic Team

Craig Hornberger, Jr., Campbell; Jake Ezell, R-Soph., Charleston Southern; Olle Widegren, Jr., Coastal Carolina; Vincent Blanchette, Sr., Gardner-Webb; Emile Menard, Soph., High Point; Hutson Chandler, Soph., Liberty; Alex O’Dell, Sr., Longwood; Hayden Ploeger, Jr., Presbyterian College; Myles Creighton, Soph., Radford; Nick Eberhardt, Sr., Winthrop

Golfer of the Year

Austin James, Jr., Charleston Southern (unanimous)

Freshman of the Year

Jesper Svensson, Campbell

Coach of the Year

Mike Wilson, Charleston Southern

Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Hayden Ploeger, Jr., Presbyterian College


Davidson scored a pair of ninth-inning runs and held on to beat Winthrop, 12-10, on Tuesday at Winthrop Ballpark. Zach Cook took the loss, allowing three runs (all earned). Babe Thomas had four RBI off two hits to lead the Eagle offense. Winthrop (18-19) plays at Wofford on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Also on Tuesday, Clemson beat Georgia, 12-0.