Sackett leads Sewanee in season-opening win over Birmingham-Southern

Sackett leads Sewanee in season-opening win over Birmingham-Southern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Feb. 18, 2017) – Despite being down 2-0 early in the match, the Sewanee women's lacrosse team stormed back winning its season opener 14-7 at Southern Athletic Association (SAA) rival Birmingham-Southern, Saturday.

Down by two, the Tigers responded with a goal from Sydney Beldock on a free position shot. After BSC pushed its advantage to 3-1, Sewanee tied the contest after a goal from Anna Comer and one from Meredith Sackett.

BSC then retook the lead at 5-3, before Sackett netted her hat-trick with two straight man-up goals late in the first half.

Sewanee took its first lead with 3:37 remaining before halftime as Sackett netted her fourth goal, this time off a pass from Beldock.

In the second half, Sewanee took control. The Tigers scored the first six goals which extended their lead to as much as 7, 12-5.

During that stretch, Mary Kate Myers scored three times, Sackett scored twice, while Preston Cooper added her first career goal.

The Tigers eventually added two more scores, one from Hannah Bradley and another from Cooper.

As a team, Sewanee led in shots 38-28. The Tigers also forced 28 turnovers and grabbed 33 groundballs.

Sackett was outstanding with a career-high six goals, two groundballs, two draws, and one caused turnover.

Cooper also played well with a pair goals, an assist, and a groundball. She was joined in her debut by Myers, who added three goals, two groundballs, and a caused turnover.

On the opposite side of the field, Kit Sommi led Sewanee with six groundballs, a draw, and six caused turnovers.

In goal, sophomore Brianna Young led Sewanee with seven saves. Senior Crawford Horan earned the win after she stopped five shots the first 30 minutes of the game.

Ashley Shepard and Jade Cox led BSC with two goals each.

Sewanee returns to action with a noon match Sunday at Huntingdon.

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