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Lacrosse win makes history


East Carolina's Mackell Schultes grabs the ball during ECU's first-ever lacrosse match on Feb. 10 against George Washington at Johnson Stadium.


ECU, staff reports

Monday, February 19, 2018

Freshman Megan Pallozzi scored four goals and found the back of the net 40 seconds into overtime to give East Carolina its first-ever lacrosse win Sunday with a 15-14 overtime victory at Gardner-Webb.

The Pirates (1-2) were in control during the first half, but they trailed 14-13 late in regulation. Mackell Schultes recorded the tying goal — her second of the day — at the 50-second mark to force OT.

“We showed a ton of hustle to get the ball back and win the draws down the stretch,” ECU coach Amanda Barnes said in a release. “One of our big positive takeaways will be that we are capable and confident to execute and scrap for the ball when the game is on the line.”

The Pirates, whose next game is Wednesday at home against Liberty at 4 p.m., finished with a 38-31 advantage in shots over the Bulldogs (1-2). ECU led 5-4 at halftime.

More for Williams

Shawn Williams was named American Athletic Conference basketball rookie of the week Monday — his fourth time this season receiving the award — after averaging 27.5 points per game last week.

The Little Rock, Ark., native totaled 29 points against Tulane in New Orleans on Wednesday night, and followed that with 26 points versus Connecticut in Greenville on Sunday.

Williams shot 68.0 percent from the field for the week, highlighted by going 13-of-19 from the 3-point arc. He became the first rookie in school history to make 60 3s in a season.

Williams leads all AAC freshmen in points per game (12.2 ppg) and 3-point field goal percentage (.386). His 61 triples are the fourth-most in the league.

Softball award

The offensive prowess shown by East Carolina sophomore infielder Tate McClellan earned her the American Athletic Conference softball player of the week honor Monday.

The selection marks the first weekly honor of her career and the fourth for the program since the Pirates joined the American prior to the 2015 season.

McClellan hit .457 (7-for-15) with two runs scored, three doubles, three RBIs, two walks and a stolen base to help ECU to a 4-1 showing at the Pirate Clash in Greenville.

Win streak

East Carolina’s men’s tennis team won its fourth straight match Sunday with a 6-1 victory over N.C. Central at the River Birch Tennis Center. It was the Pirates’ first outdoor match of the year and their fourth straight win over the Eagles since 2006.

The win improved the Pirates, who got singles victories from William Bissett, Austin Allen, Freddie McGeehan and Wisse Jonker, to 8-1 this season.

“I thought we played better as the match went on and got more used to being outdoors,” coach Shawn Heinchon said in a release. “Will Bissett played very well this afternoon.”

Hoops preview

The East Carolina women’s basketball team continues the road-heavy ending to its schedule Tuesday night with a game at struggling Tulsa and the Pirates looking for a season sweep of the Golden Hurricane.

Tulsa (9-17, 3-10 American Athletic Conference) is 1-9 in its last 10 games, including a 73-67 defeat at ECU (14-12, 6-7) on Jan. 10. The Pirates had four scorers in double figures in the win, led by post players Destiny Campbell (19 points, 10 rebounds) and Salita Greene (16 points).

ECU lost 97-81 on Saturday at Houston to begin a stretch of playing three of its final four regular-season games away from home.


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