For many new programs success doesn’t come early, but the East Carolina University lacrosse team has started off its second official season red hot as it’s now 2-0 after a win against Gardner-Webb University.
The Pirates were able to pull off an 18-11 victory against Gardner-Webb after coming off their season opener against Winthrop University in which the Pirates won 13-12. Sophomore midfielder, Megan Pallozzi lead the Pirates with four goals, two assists and five shots on goal, while her fellow midfielder sophomore Brittany Borchers led the team with four assists and contributed two goals as well.
“I think we definitely started off great,” sophomore goalkeeper Christina White said. “We wanted this win really badly, we wanted to have 2-0 on this field.”
ECU started off with a bang. Pallozzi scored first for the Pirates 1:03 into the game. From there, the running Bulldogs responded soon after with a goal of their own, tying it early at one point a piece. ECU in response scored three goals in 56 seconds, making the game 4-1.
After trading goals, ECU went on another small run bringing the score to 8-2 in the first half. Gardner-Webb was able to score back-to-back goals bringing the score to 8-4. ECU was able to score one more goal before the end of the half, going up 9-4 before the running Bulldogs responded with back-to-back goals to make the score 9-6 at the end of the period. The Pirates started off strong against Gardner-Webb and were able to maintain their strong play throughout the game.
“Offensively, I know we had a couple lulls throughout the game, but we were able to spread it out, regain and collect ourselves and really put together some good plays,” Borchers said. “I think we had really great moments of brilliance and things to work off of.”
To start off the second period, ECU was awarded two free position shots within the first five minutes, where it was able to score in both of them making the score 11-6. The Bulldogs soon retaliated with two goals of their own bringing the score to 11-8.
Following this, ECU went on a dominating run, all but closing the game at that point. From there, the closest Gardner-Webb came to closing the gap was six points when it brought the score to 15-9. ECU would not relinquish much more ground as it scored two more goals to go up 17-9, before ending the game with an 18-11 win.
“I think we can both agree on the transitions,” White said. “That is what we will be working on all this week.”
Despite having such a dominating win, there are still areas where the players acknowledge improvements need to be made. Head coach Amanda Barnes-Moore agreed with her players noting that despite a strong performance, they could improve on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
“I think we played strong, we came out opening weekend with two wins, certainly we’re not going to complain about that,” Barnes-Moore said.
As a result of being such a new team, they plan to focus more on themselves to improve their game as they prepare to take on the No. 2 team in the country, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill next week.
“I think we’re going to go in, we’re going to watch film of ourselves from the last two weekends to see what corrections we can make,” Barnes-Moore said. “I think the focus is going to be on ourselves.”
The two wins this weekend already matches the amount of wins from all of last season, with their 2018 record being 2-15. The team is looking forward to its next game and what it can accomplish for the rest of this season.