Carter Wins NWLL Coach of the Year and Koalas Move to Day 2

April 28th, 2016

First-year Coach Daniel Carter of the Women's Lacrosse team won the National Women's Lacrosse League Coach of the Year. The Lady Koalas ended the regular season with a 14-4 record and have just come off a first ever conference win in the Appalachian Athletic Conference the 15th and 16th of April.

As for the team, in the third game of the 2016 NWLL National Championship, the Blue Devils of Lawrence Tech took on the Lady Koalas of Columbia. The Lady Koalas cut the lead to 3-2 with 19:21 left in the first half, but the Blue Devils would respond in a big way. After collecting five of the final six goals in the half, the Blue Devils took an 8-3 lead after 30 minutes of play. The Lady Koalas scored first in the second half, but the Blue Devils would score 10 of the final 11 goals on their way to the 18-5 victory.

Kadijah Kalo got the Blue Devils on the board 43 seconds into the game. Ashley Collins was credited with assist. Kendra Blackstock answered for the Lady Koalas to tie the game at one. Collins then collected back-to-back goals to give the Blue Devils a two goal advantage.

Just over four minutes later, Abby Ballard found the back of the net to cut the Blue Devils lead to one. Collins then tallied her third goal in just 12 minutes of action, to extend the lead back to two. Just over eight minutes later it would be Blackstock collecting her second goal of the game to bring the Lady Koalas within one.

Over the final eight minutes of the first half the Blue Devils collected four goals to take an 8-3 lead at the break. Isabelle Vickers collected two of the goals, while Paige Holcomb and Collins chipped in one. At the half the Blue Devils held a 23-7 advantage in shots and a 13-10 edge in groundballs. On the defensive end, the Blue Devils forced 14 first half turnovers.

Less than five minutes into the second half, Blackstock collected her third goal of the game to cut the deficit to four. This is as close as the Lady Koalas would get in the second half. The Blue Devils responded with eight straight goals to extend the lead to 12. Holcomb started the run after finishing off a pass from Collins. Collins collected three goals during the run, Holcomb chipped in two, and Alyssa Shaver, Kalo, and Vickers each picked up one.

Blackstock collected the final goal of the game for the Lady Koalas with 11:21 left. Kalo and Shaver notched the final two goals of the game for the Blue Devils and they took the victory 18-5.

Collins led the Blue Devils with seven goals, two assists, two groundballs, and two draw controls. Holcomb, Vickers, and Kalo each finished with three goals apiece. Shaver finished with two goals, an assist, and three groundballs. Mary Klonowski picked up the victory in net after finishing with six saves.

Blackstock led the Lady Koalas with four goals, six draw controls, four groundballs, and two caused turnovers. Ballard finished with one goal and one groundball. Natalie Dubas suffered the loss in net, after finishing with 13 saves.

Next up the Blue Devils will take on #2 Georgetown at 7:30 pm (EST) Friday. With the loss the Lady Koalas will take on #7 Robert Morris at 2:30 pm (EST).