by Benny Benton
HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Barton College freshman Angelina Scarpa scored a season-high five goals on Wednesday, but the effort came in a 20-8 road loss by the Lady Bulldogs at Coker College.
Scarpa, the team's season assist leader with 21, took matters into her own hands in the contest with two first-half goals and three second-half tallies, giving her 16 for the year.
The Hicksville, N.Y., resident's second goal of the first half came with 13:18 left, and pulled the Lady Bulldogs (5-6) to within five at 8-3 after BC had fallen behind 6-0 to start the match.
However, Haley McCusker registered back-to-back goals for Coker (2-8), and Faith Kent followed with another as the Cobras squashed any ideas of a comeback by Barton.
Kent set a Coker single-game record with 13 points in the match, collecting seven goals and six assists. The last of the seven goals gave the reigning South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year a total of 50 for the season.
McCusker added five goals and Katie Driskell chipped in four for the Cobras, which snapped a seven-match losing skid.
In addition to Scarpa's five goals, Barton received two from Kayli Ashenfelter and one from Jenna Brunclik, who now has a team-leading 42 for the season. Rebecca Fraser contributed seven groundballs, six draw controls and five caused turnovers for BC, and goalie Katherine Mattena posted seven saves.
Coker was very efficient on offense, scoring its 20 goals on just 30 shots. The Cobras also converted 18-of-20 clear attempts, as they faced less resistance with Barton competing two players short. Barton did win the turnover battle, making just 19 while forcing Coker into 21.
The Lady Bulldogs will return to Conference Carolinas play on Saturday with their final regular-season road match, a 12:30 contest at Belmont Abbey College.