After traveling on the road for what seemed like forever, it felt great to finally be able to play at home in Columbia. It had been 364 days since we last left Raleigh with a 12-5 defeat from NC State, terminating our chances at qualifying for the 2013 SELC Playoffs. Needless to say we have had NC State circled for a long time.
Saturday was a great day for lacrosse at USC. The USC Women’s Club team hosted a play day with Florida State, Kennesaw State, and UGA on the field next to our game against NC State.
NC State (USC 12 – NC State 8)
We came out with ice in our veins from the opening whistle Saturday against the Wolfpack. After one quarter of play, we lead NC State 3-0. It was a bit of a relief after a long week of practice, but we knew there was plenty of lacrosse to be played. Despite going up 5-0 in the second quarter, our lead evaporated quickly to just two goals as NC State showed they didn’t come all the way to Columbia for nothing. We were able to stop the bleeding and took an 8-3 lead into halftime.
The third quarter has been our weak point throughout the season, but carrying a 12-4 lead into the fourth quarter was a great feeling. NC State rallied again in the final segment of the game, but the Gamecocks were able to hang onto a 12-8 victory and move to 1-0 in divisional play.
In the words of Booker Corrigan (ESPN Lacrosse Announcer), Will Scott was “bring it, slinging it, and stinging it” against the ‘Pack as he tallied 4 goals and 1 assist on the day. Russell Coulter matched Scott tallying a 5 point performance on the day as well (2g, 3a). Pat Johnston had a great day at the face-off “X” while John Clark led the Gamecock defense. At the end of the day it was a complete team effort that was able to put us on top at the final whistle. Shout out to Joey Silveri for being the first long pole to score for the Gamecocks this season.
Our game against the Demon Deacons scheduled for this past Sunday was postponed. We received an e-mail from our coach saying Wake Forest was unable to travel due to the team all having the flu.
As of now, the Gamecocks have a bye next weekend. We will be utilizing the free time to attend the 82nd Annual Carolina Cup for some relaxation and team bonding. Our next scheduled game is against ECU on April 5th in Greenville, North Carolina. The game against the Pirates will be our last road game of the regular season. South Carolina barely snuck out of Greenville with a 15-13 win two years ago against ECU.