Camels cruise past Blue Hose 17-3

Melissa Placek (ScarboroughPhotography.com)
Melissa Placek (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Campbell matched the program's largest win over a Big South Conference opponent Wednesday afternoon in a 17-3 victory over Presbyterian at Barker-Lane Stadium. Eleven different players registered a point for the Camels.

Tina Ricci and Mackenzie Koeller finished with a game-high five points each for Campbell (5-6), who sits 2-0 in the Big South for the first time in program history. Koeller scored three times and registered two assists while Ricci assisted on three goals and scored twice.

Melissa Placek matched Koeller's game-high three goals, registered an assist and picked up a game-high six draw controls. Sami Smit and Katie Matz found the back of the cage twice while Kayla Reilly, the reigning Big South Offensive Player of the Week, scored a goal and assisted on another.

Campbell held a 12-0 halftime lead to mark the first time in program history that the Camels held a team scoreless in a half. CU registered five goals in the first 10 minutes of action, which included a pair from Placek.

Sarah Paul put Campbell ahead 7-0 while Rose Prizzi scored her first career goal to push the Camel lead to 10-0 with 9:06 left in the opening frame. Carter Koontz registered the final goal of the first half with 52 seconds left before the break.

Placek opened the second-half scoring with the Camels' 13th-straight goal, which matched a program record. Cady Roberts put Presbyterian (1-9, 0-2 BSC) on the board with 26:26 left to play.

Sam Carey scored her lone goal of the contest to put CU up 14-1. Claire Frase and Alexandra Cole found the back of the cage for the Blue Hose in the final 20 minutes of action.

Merredith Bechler earned the win in goal after needing just two saves and not allowing a goal in the first 30 minutes of action. Alex Salim played 20 minutes in the second half while Kylie Haarhoff spent 10 minutes in the cage.

Kayla Koch was tagged with the loss after surrendering the 12 first-half goals and making five saves. Lee-Ann Salim made four saves in the second half.

Campbell held a commanding 18-3 advantage on the draw and out-shot PC 33-9.

The Camels will return to action Saturday when they play the first road game of their Big South slate at Liberty. First draw is set for noon.