UC Sets Program-Best, Defeats Presbyterian, 20-16|
Feb. 26, 2012
CLINTON, S.C. – The University of Cincinnati lacrosse team (2-1) scored a program-best 20 goals in its 20-16 defeat of Presbyterian (0-2) on Sunday afternoon at Old Bailey Stadium. Junior captain Katie Kiriazoglou (Abingdon, Md./John Carroll) also set an individual career-best with six goals.
PC opened the scoring in the first minute of play, but MacKenzie Parsons (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) tied it up with 21:27 on the clock, then assisted on a Marissa Pierson (Sykesville, Md./Century) goal one minute later to give UC its first lead. The Blue Hose knotted it up once more, but back-to-back goals by Pierson and Laura Simanski (Reisterstown, Md./Roland Park) just 42 seconds apart forced PC to take a timeout down, 4-2. After the regroup, Presbyterian scored the next two-straight goals to tie it at 4-4 with just under 12 minutes remaining.
It was tied two more times, while both teams alternated scoring goals nearly every minute before the Bearcats increased the lead to 9-6 with 5:15 on the clock. The Blue Hose came within two, but Megan Bell (Baltimore, Md./Hereford) scored with five ticks remaining in the half to give UC the 10-7 lead at the break.
Presbyterian scored two goals in a span of 31 seconds to start the second half, but couldn’t come any closer as Cincinnati continued to one-up the hosts. The Bearcats pushed its lead to a game-high five, 20-15, with 2:48 remaining before cruising to its second-straight victory, 20-16.
UC outshot PC, 36-27, and held the advantage in draw controls, 26-12. Goalkeeper Jennifer Walsh finished with 10 saves, while Samantha Arey and Jamie Carlson shared time in the net for Presbyterian, combining for nine saves.
The Bearcats head to the state of Virginia for a pair of contests next weekend. UC plays Longwood on Friday, March 2 at 4 p.m. before traveling to Liberty on Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m.