Winthrop Eagles

Eagle Lacrosse Downs Fresno State and Falls To Denver Friday
Head Coach John Sung Earned His 50th Career Victory Against Fresno State
Logan McCarthy
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DENVER, CO – The Winthrop lacrosse team defeated the Fresno State Bulldogs 17-10 after falling to the Denver Pioneers 17-5 in a rare doubleheader Friday.

Winthrop's record now stands at 4-3 overall.  Denver, who received votes in this week's national polls, improved to 5-1 while Fresno State fell to 1-2.

The original weekend schedule called for Winthrop to play Denver Friday and Fresno State Sunday.  However, due to impending snowy weather, the Winthrop-Fresno State contest was moved to Friday evening forcing the Eagles to play a rare lacrosse double dip.

“I was very impressed with the way our team played today,” head coach John Sung said, who marked his 50th career victory with the win over Fresno State.  “You hardly ever see a doubleheader in lacrosse and I thought these girls fought very hard to come back on only a few hours rest to beat Fresno.”

Freshman Logan McCarthy had an impeccable performance across the two games Friday.  McCarthy finished with six goals and three assists for the two games.  Shannon Gallagher netted seven goals and had one assist, adding to her team-leading goal tally.

In the second game of the day, against the Bulldogs, the scoring took a while to get started.  Gallagher got the Eagles on the board first just under eight minutes into the contest.  Winthrop added two more goals before Fresno State scored its first goal with 15:46 left in the first half.

Winthrop's continued offensive pressure, coupled with the solid goaltending of Camille King allowed the Eagles to score seven of the next eight goals to take a 10-2 lead into the break.

Sophomore Alyssa Blevins got the scoring started less than two minutes into the second half for the Eagles to give Winthrop its largest lead of the contest at 11-2.  The Eagles then had to fight off a hard-charging Bulldog team who scored the next three goals to get within 11-5, but the deficit was too much for Fresno State.  The teams traded goals the remainder of the contest as Winthrop won 17-10.

McCarthy scored four goals against the Bulldogs, all coming on free-position attempts.  McCarthy also added one assist.  Gallagher scored six goals against Fresno State on seven shots and also had one assist.  King finished with 11 saves in picking up her fourth win of the season.

In the first contest of the day, the Pioneers got off to a very strong start, scoring four goals in the first 5:41.  Freshman Logan McCarthy got the Eagles on the board with her fifth goal of the season with 23:04 left in the first half. 

The two teams then went scoreless for nearly 10 minutes before Denver netted a goal with 13:56 left to go up 5-1, forcing Winthrop into a timeout.  After Denver scored two more goals, Winthrop's Shannon Gallagher grabbed her 12th goal of the season to bring the score to 7-2 with 12:35 on the clock on an assist from McCarthy.

Winthrop was unable to score for the remainder of the half while Denver netted five goals to take a 12-2 lead into the break.

Denver continued its offensive pressure, scoring the first two goals of the second half before McCarthy netted her second goal of the game and sixth goal of the year on a free-position shot.

The Eagles were able to add two more goals off of the sticks of Hayley Krause and Megan Wallenhorst before falling 17-5.

Against the Pioneers, McCarthy was involved in four of the five goals for the Eagles, scoring twice and assisting on two more tallies. 

Winthrop will return from Denver on Monday and then play its first-ever conference contest on Wednesday at Longwood at 5 p.m. before hosting Kennesaw State Friday at 4 p.m.

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