Barton starts strong but bows to North Greenville, 15-3

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The host Barton College women’s lacrosse team netted the first two goals before dropping a 15-3 NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas decision to North Greenville (South Carolina) University on Friday.

The Lady Bulldogs were playing their first match under the direction of interim coach Warren Shumate. The outcome left Barton at 3-6 in the conference and 5-8 overall.

Barton is scheduled to complete its second regular season at home at 4 p.m. Saturday against conference opponent Converse (South Carolina) College. The winner earns the No. 6  spot in the conference tournament, while the loser lands in the No. 7 spot.

The Lady Bulldogs grabbed their 2-0 lead on an unassisted goal each from Brooke Lonergan and Jenna Brunclik.

However, North Greenville knocked in the next six goals before Brunclik’s goal on a free-positio shot left Barton trailing 6-3 with 33 seconds left in the first half. Brunclik scored her 43rd and 44th goals of the season.

The Lady Crusaders (12-4, 7-2 CC) expanded their halftime margin to 7-3 on a goal from Hanna Hawkins with eight seconds remaining.

North Greenville’s 8-0 second-half output included three goals from Rachel Kellogg and a pair from Hawkins. Kellogg finished with six goals, while Hawkins drilled in five.

Barton goalkeeper Catherine Mattena was credited with 10 saves.