The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team made history with their first-ever SAA win on Wednesday. The Stormy Petrels dominated the game against the homestanding Millsaps Majors, winning 21-8. Not only did it serve as Oglethorpe's first-ever SAA women's lacrosse win, it also went as their fourth victory of the season, making this the winningest team in the program's history. The Stormy Petrels are now on a 3-game win streak (another program first) and hold a 4-3 overall record with a 1-1 conference mark.
The Petrels started off the game on a strong note with a 4-0 run, led by senior midfielder Juliana Altman, who scored the first two goals of the game. Freshman midfielder Jill Czaplinski and freshman attacker Caroline Chamberlain quickly followed with a goal apiece. The Majors ended the Petrels' run with a goal at 21:56 left in the half, but then Chamberlain responded with her second goal of the game. The Majors did not have an answer for the Petrels, as any Millsaps goal was immediately followed by one or more Oglethorpe tallies. The Petrels were on fire as they went into the halftime break up 12-5.
The Majors still couldn't stop the Petrels in the second half, as the visitors continued to push down the field scoring goal after goal. After Millsaps scored the first goal of the second half, the Petrels went on another 4-0 run with goals from Czaplinski, Altman, Chamberlain, and freshman attacker Samantha Chap. The Petrels continued to dominate as the game drew to a close. They ended the proceedings on a 3-0 run with goals from Czaplinski, Altman, and senior midfielder Michelle Shramek.
This was a team effort, with seven of the 12 Petrel starters scoring a goal. Altman led the team with 6 goals for the game and was very efficient, firing 8 total shots. In addition, she recovered 2 ground balls and won 4 draw controls. Behind Altman came Chamberlain, who had her best game yet with 4 goals on the afternoon. Czaplinski and Shramek tallied 3 goals each, as well. Sophomore midfielder Madison Goss led the team with 5 draw controls.
Overall, the Petrels outshot the Majors 46-15, including a whopping 40-10 on goal. They forced 34 turnovers while committing just 18, were 14-for-16 on clears, and were 4-for-4 on free position shots. The Petrels scored goals on 45 perent of their 46 overall shot attempts.
"We're excited about picking up our first conference win of the season, and the first in the program's history," said Oglethorpe head coach Shawna Block. "The team is continuing to come together and is learning how to refocus themselves. I'm very proud of how controlled we played in the second half. We are looking forward to wrapping up our spring break against Framingham State on Sunday at home."
The Petrels will now head home to defend their turf against the Framingham State Rams. The game will take place on the Oglethorpe Track and Field at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Next, the Petrels will play their third SAA contest of the season against Birmingham-Southern Saturday, March 18, at 1 p.m. at Oglethorpe Track and Field.