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WOMEN'S COLLEGE LACROSSE
Panthers top Pride, 9-6, earn tournament bye
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Caila Cummings

Friday, April 5, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Brooke Hewartson netted three goals and distributed three assists to lead Ferrum College to its first win over Greensboro College in women's lacrosse, 9-6 Wednesday.

The Pride (6-2 in the USA South Athletic Conference, 7-9 overall) had won each of the previous 14 meetings against the Panthers in a series that dates to 2000, Ferrum's first season of intercollegiate play in the sport.

More importantly with the victory, Ferrum (7-1 in the USA South, 13-3 overall) finishes in second place in the conference's regular-season standings and earns a quarterfinal-round bye in the league's postseason tournament.

Also, Ferrum's victory is its seventh in a row and that establishes a new school record for consecutive wins in a single season.

Kristin Norris got Greensboro on the scoreboard first with a goal less than two minutes into the match.

Caila Cummings answered with a pair of goals for Ferrum at 28:23 and 26:23, starting a 5-1 run for the Panthers.

Julianne Bove, Lauren Blankenship and Hewartson all netted goals during that run.

Coach Karen Harvey's Panthers would close out the half with a 7-4 lead.

Ferrum and Greensboro played the second half to a 2-2 draw.

Cummings tallied three goals for the Panthers.

Ferrum goalkeeper Amanda Cheney played the entire and made four saves

Brittany Ziobro and Nadya Fedun each had a goal and an assist for the Pride, and Kaleigh Hemstock stopped 13 shots in 60 minutes of action in net.

The quarterfinals of the conference's postseason tournament is Saturday with Greensboro, the No. 3 seed, hosting LaGrange (Ga.) College, the No. 6 seed, and Piedmont (Ga.) College, the No. 4 seed, entertaining Meredith (N.C.) College, the No. 5 seed.

Regular-season champion Christopher Newport University plays the winner of the Piedmot-Meredith match in the semifinals, while Ferrum faces the victory of the Greensboro-LaGrange contest.

The semifinals and finals are Friday and Saturday, April 12-13.

Only the top six teams make the conference tournament; Agnes Scott (Ga.) College, Methodist (N.C.) University and North Carolina Wesleyan College failed to qualify.

 
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