The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team saw their 3-game winning streak come to an end Sunday afternoon at the Oglethorpe Track and Field, as they fell to the visiting Framingham State Rams 15-7 on a cold, damp afternoon in Atlanta. The Stormy Petrels got off to a slow start, as the Rams went on a 7-0 run early in the first half, and they never recovered. The defeat dropped the team back to .500 on the season, at 4-4.
The Petrels tallied their first goal of the game with an unassisted marker from freshman attacker Elena Gierok with 22:26 on the clock, making the score 2-1. From there the Petrels lost their footing, though, as the Rams went on a 7-0 spurt to take an 8-1 lead with 10:36 remaining until halftime. Gierok tallied her second goal of the game at the 2:51 mark, followed by a succeeding goal from freshman attacker Samantha Chap, ending the Rams' run and making the score 8-3 at the half.
The Petrels played Framingham State a bit more evenly in the second half, but the Rams still continued their wire-to-wire victory. The visitors started the second half with back-to-back goals. Senior midfielder Juliana Altman answered for the Petrels, as she tallied her first goal of the game off an assist from senior defender Michelle Shramek with 25:38 left in the game and quickly followed with another goal at 22:04, bringing the score to 11-5. Oglethorpe got a couple more goals, one from freshman attacker Balie Mitchum off an assist from freshman defender Danielle Fuller with 19:18 left, and the other from Gierok off an assist from sophomore attacker Caroline Chamberlain with 1:54 left, but Framingham State cruised to the victory.
Gierok led the Petrels as she scored 3 goals on her 3 shots. Altman followed with 2 goals while recovering 5 ground balls and forcing a pair of turnovers.
Overall, the Petrels committed 35 turnovers to the Ram's 31, were outshot 37-15, and recovered 26 ground balls to the Rams' 38. Framingham State outdrew the Petrels 16-8, and Oglethorpe went 18-for-33 on clear attempts.
"The improvements we are seeing each game will not be overshadowed by the scoreboard today," said Oglethorpe head coach Shawna Block. "This game helped us identify some areas we can focus on in preparation for our next game on Saturday."
Coming up, the Petrels will face two SAA opponents on their home turf. On Saturday, they will take on Birmingham-Southern, who currently holds a 3-6 record, at 1 p.m. The following Saturday, the Petrels will take on undefeated Rhodes. These games will both be held at the Oglethorpe Track and Field.