Campbell takes home opener 12-8 over St. Francis (Pa.)

Loren Day
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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell took its second-straight victory and home opener Monday night, defeating St. Francis (Pa.) 12-8 at Barker-Lane Stadium. Playing in icy conditions, sophomore Loren Day led the field with five goals for the Camels.

For the second time in as many years, the Camels (2-2) opened at home with a win. Last year CU defeated Kennesaw State 21-4 in the team's inaugural game.

St. Francis (0-2) fell in its second consecutive game to open its season.

Day put the Camels on the board only 46 seconds after the opening draw, and senior Cloey Henchcliffe followed only 30 seconds later to give CU the early 2-0 lead.

Campbell proceeded to net three more in a row, as freshman Maddy Dolinar and senior Taelar Errington notched goals and Day added her second with 18:58 to go and CU up 5-0.

In the 19th minute, Christina Fini converted for the Red Flash as the Camels kept the four goal lead, 5-1.

CU outscored St. Francis 4-2 in the closing 9:22 of the first half, with goals from sophomore Erica Hitch, Day, and Errington.

The Camels took the 9-3 lead into the locker room. At the break, Campbell had the edge on shots, 18-8, and draw controls, 10-3.

St. Francis outscored the Camels 5-3 in the second half, ending on a 3-0 run.

Day notched her third and fourth goals and Henchcliffe netted one for CU in the final period.

Holly Lawrence put in the eighth goal for the Red Flash with 11:51 to go, the last score in the game.

Campbell's 12 goals came off of 23 shots on goal. The Camels had the advantage on ground balls (20-13) and draw controls (14-8), and had 14 turnovers to SFU's 18.

Day added an assist, two ground balls, and a caused turnover to her line.

Errington finished with two goals, four ground balls, three draw controls, and three caused turnovers. Hitch also netted two, picking up six ground balls, winning three draw controls, and causing two turnovers.

Senior goalkeeper Brittany Kincer finished with two saves on 10 shots faced.

Campbell has a 12-day break before hosting Elon on March 15 at 2 p.m. in the first-ever meeting between the teams.