ROCK HILL, S.C. – Winthrop closed the first half on a 11-0 run to break things open and went on to a 23-2 win over Gardner-Webb Wednesday night in Big South women's lacrosse action.
The Runnin' Bulldogs (0-16, 0-6 Big South) fell behind 5-0 in the first four minutes of the game, but Amanda Steinmuller netted her 38th goal of of the season – unassisted – at the 23:28 mark to cut the lead to 5-1.
The goal for Steinmuller equalled the program's single-season mark for goals in a season. The Ellicott City, Md., native has one regular season game remaining to break that record.
After Steinmuller's score, Winthrop went on its decisive, 11-0 run to take a 16-1 lead into intermission. The run grew to 16-0 early in the second half, with Lexie Walton scoring twice in the first 5:02 and Ann Marie Langreher netting a pair to close the run with 16:50 remaining in the game for a 21-1 lead.
Senior Emma Rose broke up the run, scoring her 13th of the season with 8:17 left to play.
The Eagles (7-9, 4-2 Big South) held a sizable, 43-6, shooting advantage Wednesday evening, with 29 of those chances on goal. Winthrop also had an edge in ground balls (22-10) and took advantage of 22 Gardner-Webb turnovers – causing 16.
Ellie Marindin led Winthrop with five goals and four assists, with four of those five goals coming in the first 15 minutes of the game. Nine different Eagles scored at least twice in the game.
In addition to goals from Steinmuller and Rose, Gardner-Webb's Maddie Stephens had a team-high three ground balls. Michelle Hedrick added two ground balls and Steinmuller led the way with three draw controls.
Up next for Gardner-Webb is its regular season finale, a home game against Longwood on Saturday, April 22 at 1:00 pm.
The Runnin' Bulldogs will recognize its lone senior, Emma Rose, prior to first draw as part of Senior Day 2017.