April 12, 2013

Women's Lacrosse Loses at Millsaps, 22-7

The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team fell behind early and couldn't mount a comeback in Jackson, Miss., Friday night, losing to Millsaps, 22-7.

The Lady Petrels held an early one-goal lead twice in this one. Freshman Xenia Perry scored less than a minute into the game to give the visiting side a 1-0 lead, then freshman Sydney Sparks followed up after Millsaps equalized to give the Lady Petrels a 2-1 advantage.

That would be it for Oglethorpe's lead, though, as the Lady Majors rattled off eight straight goals to take a 9-2 lead before Sparks stopped the run with her second goal of the half, making it 9-3 with 9:46 left in the period. Millsaps, however, added four straight tallies to end the half and took a 13-3 lead into the break.

In the second half, Millsaps added four more goals, putting the game totally out of reach at 17-3 before the Petrels could answer back with some goals of their own. Freshman Michelle Vasques scored a hat trick in the half, while Perry added another goal to her tally. It wasn't enough, though, as Millsaps prevailed by a 15-goal margin.

Millsaps outshot the Lady Petrels 44-21 and scooped up 30 ground balls to Oglethorpe's 17.

Vasques finished with three goals on three shots, while Perry scored two on three shots and Sparks netted a couple on 10 shots. Goalie Hayley Flanagan saved 13 of the 35 shots on goal she faced.

The loss drops the squad to 2-10 on the season, and they finish 0-5 in SAA competition. They will finish the regular season with a non-conference game against Dallas in Jackson tomorrow at 2 p.m. Eastern. The No. 6 seed Lady Petrels will travel back to Jackson next weekend to take on No. 3 seed Millsaps again in the SAA quarterfinals. 

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