March 6, 2013

Women's Lacrosse Picks Up Program's First-Ever Victory, 8-7, Over Aurora

The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team won their first victory in the history of the program Wednesday evening, besting Aurora 8-7 after coming back from a 7-3 second-half deficit.

The visiting Spartans held the four-goal lead with 21:50 remaining, but the Lady Petrels not only kept them from tallying another goal the rest of the way, they also began to eat away at the deficit. They qucikly scored twice in the span of a minute off free-position shots from freshman Michelle Vasques, cutting the lead to 7-5 with 19:37 left.

They then took advantage of an Aurora yellow card to get back to within a goal, as freshman Tate Davis knocked home a man-up goal to tighten the margin to 7-6 with 10:49 remaining. The Lady Petrels would tie the game only seconds later when sophomore Carissa Thomas intercepted an Aurora pass, ran straight down the middle and finished her scoring opportunity.

With the game tied, both teams had opportunities to take the lead, but it was Oglethorpe who took advantage, with freshman Sydney Sparks scoring the go-ahead goal for the Lady Petrels, capping a 5-0 scoring run with 6:39 remaining.

Oglethorpe still needed to kill-off a bunch of time after taking the lead, but the defense proved equal to the task, especially in the frantic final minutes. The Spartans had the ball in the Oglethorpe attacking zone for most of the last two minutes, but freshman goalkeeper Hayley Flanagan made several key saves down the stretch to preseve the victory, and the Lady Petrels emerged with the first win in the program's history.

Oglethorpe led 2-1 with 10 minutes remaining in the first half after goals from Vasques and senior Katie Weeks, but Aurora went on a four-goal run of their own to take a 5-2 lead into the halftime break.

Sparks tallied first in the second half to make it a 5-3 game, but Aurora scored twice more to extend their lead to 7-3 before the big Oglethorpe comeback.

Sparks finished with two goals on six shots, four of which were on goal, while Flanagan made seven saves on 14 shots, including several huge ones down the stretch.

The 1-3 Lady Petrels are next in action Saturday afternoon, when they take on Transylvania at 1 p.m. on the new Oglethorpe Track and Field. 

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