February 8, 2014

Women's Lacrosse Falls 17-7 in Season Opener

The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team opened their season at the Oglethorpe Track and Field Saturday evening against Tennessee Wesleyan. Despite a good second half where they played the visiting Bulldogs even, the Stormy Petrels couldn't overcome their first half and lost, 17-7.

The Petrels got two goals each from sophomore midfielders Sydney Sparks and Michelle Vasques in the process, as well as goals from senior defender Carissa Thomas, junior midfielder Juliana Altman and freshman attacker Kellen Flatt. Vasques picked up a team-high four ground balls and Sparks won five draw controls.

The Stormy Petrels fell behind early, as Tennessee Wesleyan got off to a quick 3-0 lead. Sparks scored Oglethorpe's first goal of the season at the 24:34 mark of the first half, but the Bulldogs proceeded to go on another run, this one an 8-0 spurt that lasted the remainder of the period.

Down by 10 goals at halftime, 11-1, the Petrels played much better in the second half. Vasques would draw the Petrels to within nine with a goal off a free postion shot early in the half. The Petrels would never get closer than that, but they would match Tennessee Wesleyan 6-6 for the second period. Vasques and Sparks added a couple more free position goals later in the half, then Flatt picked up the first goal of her career with 5;29 remaining in the game and Altman and Thomas tacked on their goals in the final minutes.

For the game, the Bulldogs outshot the Petrels 36-20, including 31-18 on goal. They also scooped 16 ground balls to Oglethorpe's six, committed 13 turnovers to the Petrels' 17, outdrew them 15-11, and went 4-of-7 on free position shots to Oglethorpe's 3-of-9. The Petrels did rack up 14 saves to Tennessee Wesleyan's 11, including 13 saves from sophomore goalie Paige Falkowski. The home side also went 11-of-17 on clear attempts to the Bulldogs' 9-of-13.

The 0-1 Petrels will quickly enter conference play next weekend as SAA rival Hendrix comes to town to take on Oglethorpe on the Oglethorpe Track and Field Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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