Reilly named Big South POTW; Camels host Blue Hose Wednesday

Kayla Reilly (Will Bratton photo)
Kayla Reilly (Will Bratton photo)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Campbell junior attacker Kayla Reilly has been named the Big South Conference Offensive Player of the Week as announced by the league Tuesday. It is her third career conference weekly honor.

The Camels will wrap-up a five-game homestand Wednesday afternoon when they host Big South foe Presbyterian at Barker-Lane Stadium. First draw is set for 1 p.m. The start time was pushed up from the original 6:30 p.m. start due to the threat of impending weather in the Buies Creek area.

Reilly registered a career-high eight points on three goals and five assists to lead the Camels to the program's first win over defending league champions Winthrop on Saturday. The Fallston, Maryland native added a draw control and caused a turnover while scoring three times in the first half to help build a 9-2 advantage.

Reilly, the team's current point leader, has five multi-goal games and five multi-assist games this season. She has registered at least a point in all but one contest and stands second on the team in caused turnovers and shots.

Wednesday's contest will be broadcast on the Big South Network with Evan Budrovich and Sal Mercogliano on the call. Live stats will be available at and live in-game updates will also be posted on the Camels' Twitter page, @GoCamelsWLAX. Admission to the game is free.


LAST TIME OUT: Campbell (4-6, 1-0 BSC) earned a wild 17-16 win over Winthrop in its conference opener last Saturday. Merredith Bechler saved the Eagles' attempt at the game-tying goal in the final seconds to preserve the victory. The Camels jumped out to a 7-0 lead but had to rally from a three-goal second-half deficit. Melissa Placek scored the game-winning goal with eight minutes to go, one of the five scores she tallied in the second half.

ON THE OFFENSE: Campbell features a balanced attack from a variety of scoring options. 10 different players have found the back of the cage for the Camels this season in an offense that is averaging 10.50 goals per game. That's currently the fourth-highest tally in the Big South.

LEADING THE WAY: Kayla Reilly and Placek are the leaders the Camel offense. Reilly has cumulated a team-high 40 points on 19 goals and 21 assists. She is averaging 2.10 assists per game, which stands second in the conference and 24th nationally. Placek has a team-high 23 goals and nine assists to go with a team-high 50 draw controls. That's an average of 5.00 draws per contests, which also ranks second in the Big South and 24th nationally.

A LITTLE DEFENSIVE: Campbell's scoring defense stands third in in the league, as opponents are averaging 14.00 goals per game. The Camels feature a veteran defensive unit headlined by Big South Preseason Defensive Player of the year Erin O'Hara and fifth-year senior April Reinhart. Megan Reilly has also started every game and Amanda Chasin has seen significant minutes. Allison Waldhauser has started the past three contests.

BETWEEN THE PIPES: Bechler has started seven games in goal this season but all three Camel goalkeepers have seen time in the cage. Bechler owns a 0.385 save percentage, which ranks fourth in the Big South, while Her 7.78 saves per game stands third. Alex Salim has appeared in the last two games while Kylie Haarhoff made the start versus Virginia Tech and earned the win over La Salle.

EARLY IMPRESSIONS: Numerous members of the Camels' freshman class have already made significant impacts early in their careers. Tina Ricci ranks third on the team in points with 20 on 12 goals and eight assists. Sam Carey has started every contest and ranks second on the team in draw controls with 31. Katie Matz has scored in six games and netted the game-winning goal versus La Salle. Maia Walters made the start versus the Explorers.

LIMITING MISCUES: CU is averaging the fewest turnovers in the league with just 15.50 miscues per game, which ranks 17th nationally.

CONTROLLING THE DRAW: Campbell is averaging 13.50 draw controls per contest. That tally ranks second in the Big South and 33rd nationally.

HEAD COACH DAWN EASLEY: Campbell head coach Dawn Easley is in her fourth season in Buies Creek after leading the Camels to the most successful season in program history last year. She coached CU in its first postseason victory to advance to its first Big South semifinals. Easley has mentored 12 All-Big South honorees in three years at Campbell.

ALL-TIME SERIES: The Camels have won all four matchups in the series versus the Blue Hose. CU has scored 75 goals between the four victories compared to 39 for PC. That's a scoring average of 18.75 goals per game with a defense of 9.75 goals per game. Campbell defeated Presbyterian 18-7 last year on the road.

SCOUTING THE BLUE HOSE: Presbyterian (1-8, 0-1) owns just one win this season and dropped its Big South opener to Liberty, 18-8. PC ranks near the bottom of the conference in scoring offense (7.56 goals per game) and defense (16.11 goals per game) while its 24.89 turnovers per game stands eighth. The Blue Hose have struggled on the draw with just 9.11 per game (8th BSC). PC does lead the league in ground balls (6th NCAA) with 23.11 per game. Maura Talvacchia is also the national leader for caused turnovers (4.00 per game) and ground balls (4.56 per game).

LOOKING AHEAD: The Camels will play the first road game in its Big South slate at Liberty on Saturday at noon.