Women's Lacrosse |
Feb. 15, 2013
CONWAY, S.C. - Freshman midfielder Courtney Curtis (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) scored a game-high five goals Friday afternoon as the University of Cincinnati lacrosse team, under first-year head coach Gina Oliver, opened the 2013 campaign on Friday with a 13-8 in CCU's inaugural game.
Five other student-athletes scored for the Bearcats, including Taylor Young (3), Meg Bell (2), Katie Kiriazoglou (1), Kylie Ramsland (1) and Ashley Helmrath (1).
After UC took a 1-0 lead, the Chants scored two goals to take the lead back 2-1. The Bearcats then scored four straight goals, including two by Young and one each by Kiriazoglou and Bell to take a 5-2 advantage.
The Bearcats led 8-4 at the half, and the two teams traded goals for much of the second half, but Cincinnati never gave up the lead.
UC outscored the Chants 5-4 in the second half as they defeated CCU 13-8.
Freshman goalkeeper Meg Gulmi, credited with Friday's win, finished the day with eight saves.
The Chants were paced by Keri White with three goals.
The Bearcats forced eight turnovers and grabbed 16 ground balls, while scoring 13-of-17 shots on goal.
The Chants (0-1) battle Marquette on Sunday, February 17. The Bearcats (1-0) have nine days off and return to action on February 24 in a road contest against Oregon at 3 p.m. ET.
Quick Quotes from Coach Oliver
On netting a win in season opener:
"It feels real good to get our first win today. I'm really proud of our girls and how they played the game and made a lot of in-game adjustments. We are going to enjoy this one and get back to work Monday to prepare for Oregon."
On the play of freshmen Courtney Curtis and Meg Gulmi:
"Courtney is a gamer. She lives for game day. I wasn't sure what we would get from her the first game of her career, but she went above and beyond our expectations. She had an incredible game.Meg is a competitor. We asked her to deliver and she came up big in big moments today."