March 11, 2013

Women's Lacrosse Drops Rain-Soaked Game to Huntingdon, 21-9

The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team suffered a 21-9 loss to Huntingdon Monday evening on a rain-soaked Oglethorpe Track and Field. The loss drops the Lady Petrels to 1-5 on the season.

The Lady Petrels jumped ahead very early in this one when freshman goal-scoring sensation Michelle Vasques pounced on the opening draw control, ran straight down the field, and scored the game's opening goal. Unfortunately, it was the only lead Oglethorpe would hold in the game.

After the visiting Lady Hawks went ahead 2-1, Vasques again scored to make it a 2-2 game with 23:03 remaining in the first half. That would be the last time that Oglethorpe found themselves on level footing with Huntingdon.

The visiting side went out to a 5-2 lead that was cut to 5-3 when freshman Tate Davis scored on a free-position shot with 15:05 left in the period. But over the next five minutes, the Lady Hawks expanded the lead to a 10-3 advantage. Oglethorpe went on a 4-1 run with goals from sophomore Carissa Thomas and Vasques, sandwiched around two free-position goals from senior Katie Weeks, to make the score 11-7. However, Huntingdon scored a goal with eight seconds remaining in the half to take a 12-7 lead into the halftime break.

In the second half, Oglethorpe got a quick goal from freshman Sydney Sparks, but after that, Huntingdon re-extended their lead, and this time there was no coming back for the Lady Petrels. The Lady Hawks found themselves with a 19-8 lead with 8:06 left, and though Vasques netted another Oglethorpe goal, the visiting side cruised from there for the 21-9 victory.

Huntingdon outshot Oglethorpe 46-16 over the course of the game, including 37-14 in shots on goal. They scooped up 21 ground balls to Oglethorpe's 15, committed 20 turnovers to Oglethorpe's 30, secured 20 draw controls to Oglethorpe's 11, and successfully cleared 12 out of 17 attempts to Oglethorpe's 14-of-29.

Vasques had another high-scoring night, this one highly efficient, as she netted four goals on four shots. Weeks scored two on three shots, while Sparks grabbed four ground balls. Freshman goalie Hayley Flanagan stopped 16 Huntingdon shots on the night.

The Lady Petrels will now enjoy their spring break before getting back to action next Saturday against Pomona-Pitzer in Sewanee, Tenn. The squad will then turn around and take on Sewanee in their first SAA road contest next Sunday. The Pomona-Pitzer game gets underway at 2 p.m. Eastern.

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