The East Carolina University lacrosse team (1-0, 0-0 American Athletic Conference) opened up its 2021 season on a high note as they won the season opener against Furman University (0-1, 0-0 Southern Conference) 16-14.
The win avenged the Pirates’ loss to Furman in 2020, when the Paladins beat ECU 14-11, which also happened to be the season opener on Feb. 7, 2020. The all-time series between the two teams is now tied at one win apiece as their matchup in 2020 was the first ever time the two met.
The game wasn’t as close as the final score indicated. Furman jumped out to a quick 2-1 lead, but ECU responded with eight straight goals to take a 9-2 lead with just over six minutes remaining in the first half. Furman would score four of the next six goals to close out the first half, but ECU would still lead by five as they went into halftime.
Furman scored the first goal of the second half, but ECU once again went on a run. ECU would score three straight and put the game just far enough out of reach that Furman wouldn’t be able to pull close until very late in the game.
After ECU’s three straight goals put the team up 14-7, the Paladins took over the second half. They went on a 7-1 run to make it 15-14 with 2:46 left, but with 2:10 remaining ECU’s senior attacker Mackell Schultes iced the game with the final goal scored to make it 16-14.
The Pirates were led by senior attacker Megan Pallozzi, who scored five goals on seven shot attempts. Pallozzi’s five goals led all players as did her seven shots on goal. Schultes was second for the Pirates in goals. Her four goals tied Furman’s top scorer and she made her four goals on five total shots.
Senior midfielder Nicole Legar led all players in total points. She had two goals and a game high four assists. Her two goals came on a total of three shots.
Furman was led by senior attacker Kyra Lamotte. Lamotte led the Paladins in goals and points. She scored four goals and had one assist for a total of five points. She scored her four goals on a total of five attempts.
After Lamotte, the Paladins had four players tied at two goals. Senior attacker Hannah Demis, junior midfielder Lauren Farber, senior attacker Leah Nonnenmann and sophomore midfielder Meagan Beal were all tied for second in goals for Furman.
Demis led Furman with two assists to go along with her two goals, which put her in second place for points for the Paladins. She scored her two goals on six shot attempts, second only to Beal’s seven.
The Pirates’ next game will be on Feb. 15 against the University of Virginia (0-0, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). The game will be played at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia, and is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.