Pirates miss out on Jacksonville

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03/19/2021 | 1:00 PM

GREENVILLE, NC – In a physical game in which the two teams scored 35 fouls and 10 yellow cards, the ECU lacrosse team visited Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon 9-12 at Johnson Stadium.

ECU finished the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 2-4 record while Jacksonville improved to 2-0 in the season.

For the second game in a row, ECU took an early lead. Just 63 seconds into the game, France Kimel found Nicole LeGar to score the first goal of the game. LeGar became the supplier the next time they had possession when they fielded Megan Tryniski for a goal.

Jacksonville fought back to regain control of the game by rattling off a 4-0 run. Alyssa Arnold was an important part of it, scoring two of those four goals, with Sarah Elms and Jenny Kinsey adding one each.

ECU halved the 4-2 deficit at 5:04 pm when Tryniski found Kimel all alone in front of the Jacksonville gate and Kimel buried it for the gate. However, this was the last goal in more than 11 minutes until Arnold finally scored a man-up goal at 6:01. The defensive fight continued for the remainder of half time as neither team could score and it finished 5-3 at half time.

East Carolina came out of halftime with a fire. Megan Pallozzi opened the second half with a goal from Tryniski. Just 25 seconds later, Tryniski collected another assist, this time preparing LeGar for the goal.

Jacksonville replied that Pirate ran with its own back-to-back gates, with the second providing another chance for a man to gain advantage. Just a minute later, ECU took advantage of its own numbers when Pallozzi scored and Kimel took the lead.

Arnold once again became the engine driving the Dolphins forward as she assisted Kinsey and then scored an odd pass from Kasey Stevens to give Jacksonville the biggest lead at 9:56 and 18:58.

The two teams exchanged goals in the next two minutes. Pallozzi completed her hat trick and scored a rocket shot after a good feed from LeGar, but Elms answered for Jacksonville.

ECU finally got some momentum when Liz Wilson scored an individual goal, followed by the Kimel-Pallozzi bond which struck for the second time. That made it 10-9 in Jacksonville’s favor and resulted in a Dolphin hiatus.

Jacksonville made a change after this timeout and it proved crucial. The Dolphins brought in goalkeeper Dayna Martinetto and the move sparked the team. ECU had three shots to tie the game, including one from the eight-yard arc, but Martinetto made three stops on all. At the other end, ECU goalkeeper Ashley Vernon met Martinetto and made her own stop with a free kick.

But it was Arnold who achieved the game’s most critical goal. Her 7:26 record made it 11-9 in Jacksonville’s favor. The Dolphins added an insurance target at 3:11 am while ECU saved Martinetto’s last two shots.

Pallozzi finished with four goals to lead ECU while LeGar (two goals, two assists), Tryniski (one goal, three assists) and Kimel (one goal, three assists) also had four points. Arnold ended up with five goals and an assist for Jacksonville, with Elms and Kinsey adding three points each.

Vernon scored 12 saves in goal for ECU while Addy Tysdal and Martinetto each had five stops for Jacksonville. LeGar and Camryn Pennypacker led the ECU with four draw controls each, while Liz Blumthal and Ellie Bromley each forced three turnovers. Blumthal also had four ground balls at team level.

The pirates have a bye weekend before preparing for the AAC game. East Carolina will open its conference schedule at the Old Dominion and face the monarchs on March 19th and 21st.

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