The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team found itself down 17-7 early in the second half Thursday night, but mounted a huge rally, outscoring visiting Emmanuel (Ga.) 9-1 down the stretch. However, the comeback fell just short in the end, as the Lions prevailed, 18-16.
The Stormy Petrels outscored Emmanuel 9-4 in the second half, including the aforementioned 9-1 stretch to end the game. After the Lions took their largest lead of the game, a 17-7 advantage with 26:15 remaining, the Petrels went to work with six straight goals. Senior Carissa Thomas scored three of them while sophomore Michelle Vasques added two. The final goal of the run, a Vasques free-position goal with 21:29 left, brought the Petrels to within four, 17-13.
Emmanuel scored to take the lead back out to five with 6:03 left, but junior Juliana Altman answered right back with a goal of her own to cut the lead back to four with 5:28 remaining. Thomas followed with another goal at the 3:52 mark and sophomore Sydney Sparks with another at the 3:20 mark as the Petrels won draw control after draw control. By the end of the game, the Petrels accrued a 26-9 advantage on draw controls.
However, Emmanuel was able to secure the ball and run the clock out on the next draw control, hanging on for the narrow two-goal victory.
Thomas had an excellent game, finishing with five goals on six shots while accruing six draw controls. Vasques came in just behind her with four goals on eight shots, eight draw controls, three caused turnovers and three ground balls. Sparks scored three goals on four shots with four draw controls, while freshman Kellen Flatt scored three of her own on five shots while causing a pair of turnovers. Goalie Paige Falkowski recorded 13 saves on the night, as well.
For the game, the Petrels were outshot 37-28, 30-24 on goal, but the Petrels outshot the Lions 13-10 in the second half. The Petrels were 3-for-9 on free-position shots, as well.
With the loss, the Petrels fall to 0-10 on the season. They'll take on Sewanee in an SAA contest Saturday at noon on Oglethorpe Track and Field.