Women's Lacrosse Falls to Centre in SAA Opener

Women's Lacrosse Falls to Centre in SAA Opener

The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team opened its SAA season Saturday afternoon at the Oglethorpe Track and Field against Centre. However, they were not able to come away with a victory. Centre scored 6 consecutive goals within the first 15 minutes of the game and finished with a 17-5 victory over the Stormy Petrels. Oglethorpe now stands at 1-2 for the season overall and 0-1 in SAA play. 

Just a little under a minute into the first half, Centre tallied their first goal of the game and scored 5 more quickly after, bringing the score to 6-0. Senior attacker Juliana Altman tallied her first goal of the game for the Stormy Petrels with 16:26 left in the half. Shortly after, freshman attack Elena Gierok added another goal on a free position shot, bringing the score to 7-2. With 4:25 left in the half, Altman added her second goal of the game with a free position shot, bringing the score to 10-3 at the halftime break. 

Going into the second half, the Colonels scored within just 30 seconds of the opening whistle. Freshman attacker Glenn Kaiser responded with a free position shot of her own. From here, the Colonels went on a 5-0 run before it was ended by Gierok, who tallied her second goal of the game to bring the score to 17-5. The last 12 minutes of the game was scoreless from both teams. The Colonels held the ball for much of the time and secured the 17-5 win. 

In addition to her 2 goals, Altman scooped up 3 ground balls and caused 2 turnovers. Freshman attacker Balie Mitchum and freshman midfielder Marisa Hall caused 2 turnovers apiece as well. Senior midfielder Michelle Shramek won 4 draw controls. 

The Stormy Petrels were outshot by their opponent 30-14, won 7 draw controls to the Colonels 17, and picked up 11 ground balls to the Colonels 19.

"Centre is a very tough conference opponent," said Oglethorpe head coach Shawna Block. "We kept our heads about us and will continue to improve as a team, day by day."
The Petrels will now travel to Fayetteville, North Carolina, to take on Methodist at 1 p.m. Saturday before heading to Montgomery, Alabama, for a showdown against Huntingdon Monday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. Eastern.