The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team jumped out to an 11-4 lead in the first half Monday evening in Montgomery, Alabama, en route to a 14-11 road victory over the homestanding Huntingdon Hawks. Huntingdon made a late run, outscoring the Stormy Petrels 7-3 in the second half, but Oglethorpe held the Hawks scoreless for the final 10 minutes of the contest to secure the victory, improving to 2-3 on the young season.
The Petrels outshot the Hawks 34-23 overall and 24-13 on goal, while forcing 42 Huntingdon turnovers. Oglethorpe scooped 34 ground balls to the home side's 28 and garnered 15 free position shots, converting on 6 of them.
Freshman attacker Glenn Kaiser led the team with 4 goals on the evening, while freshman attacker Samantha Chap finished with 3. Freshman midfielder Jill Czaplinski added 4 assists and scooped 5 ground balls, leading the team in both categories. Senior midfielder Michelle Shramek led the team with 5 caused turnovers and scooped 4 ground balls.
The teams began the game by trading goals over the opening 10 minutes, with the score tied 2-2 at the 20-minute mark of the first half. The Petrels started a huge run from there, though, scoring 6 goals in a row. When Chap scored back-to-back goals over a 1:30 span, the second coming at the 8:28 mark, the Petrels had an 8-2 lead. The Hawks came back with consecutive goals to slice the lead to four, but Oglethorpe answered with 3 straight to end the opening 30 minutes, including consecutive markers from Kaiser. The Petrels led 11-4 going into the halftime break.
Huntingdon scored twice to start the second half, and wound up with 4 of the period's first 5 goals. That cut Oglethorpe's lead to 12-8 with 23:02 remaining in the contest, but the Petrels responded with a pair of tallies from Chap and Shramek, Chap's coming on a free position shot, to restore order and build a 14-8 advantage with 15 minutes remaining. Huntingdon scored three times to shrink the lead to just 3 goals, 14-11, with 10 minutes remaining, but the Petrels played excellent defense and maintained possession of the ball for long stretches the rest of the way, securing their first road win of the season.
"Our team is learning to count on each other," said Oglethorpe head coach Shawna Block. "We are evolving every game, as evident by our 6 assisted goals tonight. This was a nice win, and I look forward to seeing how we build off of it."
The Petrels will now return home to take on Ferrum in a non-conference contest Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Oglethorpe Track and Field. After that, they'll proceed to Jackson, Mississippi, for their SAA road opener against Millsaps on March 8 at 1 p.m.