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No.23 Clemson takes down Davidson in season opener in front of sellout crowd

Clemson, S.C. – The No. 23 Clemson Lacrosse program started its 2024 season with a decisive 19-10 win over the Davidson Wildcats on Saturday, Feb. 10 in front of a sellout crowd of 1,246 people in the inaugural game at the lakeside Clemson Lacrosse Complex. Clemson’s newcomers put on a show as they made up seven of the eight goal-scorers. Eighteen of Clemson’s 19 goals were scored by players wearing the Clemson uniform for the first time.

“It was just really fantastic and really great energy,” said Head Coach Allison Kwolek. “I love the fans here, the community here and I appreciate them coming out and supporting us. I’m proud of how the team came out today. Their effort was phenomenal all over the field and I love how we distributed the ball on the offensive end. It was a great way to start the season”

Regan Byrne, showed why she was the 13th-ranked freshman in the country by Inside Lacrosse, scoring the first goal of the game and going on to finish with a team-high six goals, while also adding two assists on the day. The six goals tied for the second-most in a single game in Clemson’s young program. Graduate transfer Claire Bockstie claimed Clemson’s school record with nine total points, coming on four goals and five assists.

Clemson outshot the Wildcats, 37-23, putting 33 of those attempts on goal. The Tigers also successfully cleared 19 of their 20 chances. In cage, Emily Lamparter totaled six saves in the 51 minutes she played.

While Davidson would score first early in the first quarter, Clemson responded with 11 of the next 12 goals, taking an 11-2 lead 19 minutes into the game. The Tigers continued to set the tone, and would stretch the lead to 11 when Bockstie scored her fourth of the game with 9:21 to play.

Up Next: The Tigers will play their first away game against Furman at Paladin Stadium next Wednesday on February 14 at 6:00 p.m. before returning home to play Coastal Carolina at 12 p.m. on Feb. 17. Tickets for that game are still available.

Clemson Lacrosse Complex Firsts:

Attendance: 1,246 (sellout)

First Shot: Hanna Hilcoff, Clemson (1Q, 14:56)

First Save: Paige Doyle, Davidson (1Q, 14:56)

First Goal: Payton Cheedle, Davidson (1Q, 13:05)

First Clemson Goal: Regan Byrne (1Q, 10:12)

First Assist: Emma Tilson, Clemson (1Q, 9:30)

Honorary Draw: Sandy Campbell, Army Corps of Engineers

– Via Clemson Athletic Communications

Story originally appeared on Clemson Wire