The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team picked up their second consecutive win Saturday at the Oglethorpe Track and Field against the Ferrum Panthers. The Petrels pulled out an 11-10 victory in a well-fought battle against the visitors, giving them their first loss of the season. The game went back and forth until the clock hit zero, giving the victory to the Stormy Petrels, who are now an even 3-3 on the campaign.
The Panthers quickly scored the first goal of the game a little over a minute-and-a-half in before the Petrels went on a 4-0 run. Freshman attacker Samantha Chap and senior midfielder Michelle Shramek led the Petrels in the spurt, both tallying 2 goals each. Freshman midfielder Jill Czaplinski and freshman attacker Glenn Kaiser both tallied 2 more goals for the Petrels, giving them a 6-2 lead with 14:04 left in the first period. The Panthers came out of nowhere, though, clawing their way back into the game with a 4-0 stretch of their own to tie the score 6-6 headed to the halftime break.
Ferrum scored the first goal of the second half, giving themselves a 7-6 lead against over the Petrels. The game went back and forth between the two teams until senior midfielder Juliana Altman gave the Petrels the lead back with a big goal at the 9:54 mark. Chap quickly followed with her third goal of the game, giving the Petrels a 2-goal advantage. The Panthers were still fighting for the victory, scoring with just 35 seconds left, cutting the Oglethorpe lead back to one, 11-10. The last 35 seconds of the game provided intense action, with 3 turnovers total between the teams. Ferrum got the ball back late with five seconds remaining, but they were unable to get a shot off before time ran out. Oglethorpe secured the 11-10 win for their second straight win.
Shramek was all over the field for the Petrels, tallying 2 goals, recovering 3 ground balls, securing 8 draw controls, and forcing a turnover. Chap played a great game as well, with 3 goals, 3 draw controls, a ground ball and a forced turnover. Freshman defender Dreshona Mapps-Whitmore led the team with 5 ground balls and 6 caused turnovers. Freshman attacker Balie Mitchum scored a big goal for the Petrels, while also picking up 4 ground balls. Sophomore midfielder Madison Goss tallied 2 goals of her own while securing 2 draw controls.
Overall, the Petrels dominated the game in several categories, winning 14 of the 23 draw controls and forcing 28 turnovers while committing just 18. They outshot the Panthers 28-23, secured 25 ground balls to the Panthers' 23, and went 12-for-13 on clear attempts while holding Ferrum to 13-for-28.
"We've been saying all season that we may be short on legs, but we are strong in heart, and this game proved it," said Oglethorpe head coach Shawna Block. "The team dug deep and left it all on the field. I'm incredibly proud of this team and the future we are building!"
The Petrels will now travel to Jackson, Mississippi, to play their second SAA game of the season against Millsaps. They'll take on the Majors Wednesday at 1 p.m.