BOILING SPRINGS – Presbyterian used a 6-0 run that spanned both halves to seize control and captured a 17-6 win over Gardner-Webb Saturday in Big South women's lacrosse action.
The Runnin' Bulldogs (0-13, 0-3 Big South) tied the game, 3-3, on a goal by Emma Rose with 11:03 left in the first half, capping a 3-0 run by the hosts to negate an early charge by the Blue Hose (2-9, 1-2 Big South).
Natalie Barnett found the net for Presbyterian with 8:53 to play before halftime and Cady Roberts followed with three in a row – two to close the first half and another to start the second – for an 8-3 Presbyterian lead.
Barnett added her second of the day with 25:49 left in the game for a 9-3 lead, before Rose answered less than three minutes later to cut the margin back to five goals.
Roberts (23:06) put the Blue Hose up 10-4 and Rose connected again with 23:06 left to keep Gardner-Webb within striking distance, but Presbyterian used another 4-0 run to put the game away – and outscored the Runnin' Bulldogs 7-1 in the final 15 minutes for the final margin.
Roberts had a career day for Presbyterian, scoring six goals to go with an assist on nine shots. Kathleen Gerrits added three goals and Natalie Barnett, Lauren Schaaf and Kelty Fletcher each scored twice.
Kayla Koch had eight saves in the net to pick up the win.
Gardner-Webb was led by Rose's first hat trick of the season. The senior from Weston, Fla., added three ground balls.
Presbyterian held a 34-20 shooting edge and were 5-of-9 on free position shots.
Gardner-Webb will remain at home this week, hosting Liberty at 4:00 pm on Wednsday (4/12) for another Big South Conference tilt.