The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team had a tough evening Tuesday at the Walker Athletic Complex in Demorest, having a scoreless first half en route to falling to the homestanding Piedmont Lions, 14-4. This result brought the Stormy Petrels to 1-1 on the season.
The Petrels could not seem to buy a goal in the first half of the game, finding themselves down 10-0 when the time ran out in the first period. However, in the second half of the game, the Petrels showed significant improvement in their performance, only giving up four goals to the Lions while tallying four of their own. Unfortunately, this allowed the Lions to pull away with the victory.
The Lions scored 10 unanswered goals before the Petrels were able to get on the scoreboard. The first goal of the game for the Stormy Petrels occurred with 26:55 left, and came from freshman attacker Samantha Chap, bringing the score to 10-1. Freshman attack Glenn Kaiser, sophomore midfielder Madison Goss, and senior midfielder Michelle Shramek each tallied a goal of their own over the course of the second half. Freshman goalie Jordan Chandler had 15 saves for the evening.
The Petrels were 15-for-20 on clear attempts on the night. They turned the ball over 21 times to Piedmont's 18, and picked up 15 ground balls to the Lions' 21. In addition, they were outdrawn 13-6, and were outshot by the Lions, 38-18.
"Though this game didn't go the way we wanted, the entire team played with heart," said Oglethorpe head coach Shawna Block, "with each and every player contributing to the effort. We'll regroup and be ready for Centre on Saturday."
The Petrels will play their first conference game of the season this Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Oglethorpe Track and Field against the visiting Centre Colonels.