The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team lost its inaugural game Wednesday night at the new Oglethorpe Track and Field, 15-3.
LaGrange went ahead early and never let up. They went ahead 2-0 in the game's first eight minutes, and went on to score nine goals in the first half.
However, the first goal in Oglethorpe history came at the 19:30 mark of the first half. Freshman Michelle Vasques tallied the historic goal for the Lady Petrels.
In the second half, LaGrange continued to score goals, though they scored six in the second compared with nine in the first, but Oglethorpe added two more, as well. Senior Katie Weeks scored at the 12:23 mark of the second half, and freshman Sydney Sparks finished the scoring for the Lady Petrels in the final minute of the game.
Sparks finished with four shots and two shots on goal along with five ground balls and seven draw controls. Vasques finished with six shots and three shots on goal. Ashley Haislip tallied two shots, both on goal, while freshman goalkeeper Hayley Flanagan stopped 15 shots.
The Lady Panthers outshot Oglethorpe, 34-14, and the Lady Petrels committed 23 turnovers to LaGrange's 13.
There was much fanfare prior to the game to celebrate the inauguration of the Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team. There was a tailgate prior to the game featuring "food on a stick" and the entire team was introduced before the game after running through a banner out onto the new turf field.
The fledgling program returns to the field next Wednesday when they face their first road test against Piedmont in Demorest, Ga. The game begins at 7 p.m.