The Oglethorpe women lacrosse team fell to the visiting Birmingham-Southern Panthers Saturday, dropping the contest 19-3. This result brought the Stormy Petrels to 4-5 for the season and 1-2 in conference play. The Petrels fell behind to the visitors early and just weren't able to recover.
The Panthers got off to a good start, going on a 5-0 run at the outset. Freshman attacker Samantha Chap responded for the Petrels, scoring an unassisted goal at 15:45 while the Petrels were a man down, bringing the score to 5-1, but the Panthers scored 7 consecutive goals to build an 11-2 lead with 2:27 remaining in the half. Freshman attacker Elena Gierok ended the half with a free position goal, making the score 12-2.
The Panthers continued to control the game as they tallied 5 more goals to build a 17-2 lead with 15:25 remaining in the contest. Senior midfielder Juliana Altman ended the Panthers' run with an unassisted goal at the 9:10 mark, bringing the score to 17-3. The contest came to a close after the Panthers tallied two more goals, making the final score 19-3.
The Petrels got a goal apiece from Chap, Gierok and Altman. In addition to her goal, Altman recovered a ground ball, snagged 3 draw controls and forced a turnover. Chap, in addition to her goal, recovered a ground ball and forced 2 turnovers. Freshman midfielder Marisa Hall recovered 6 ground balls and forced 2 turnovers.
Overall, the Petrels were outshot 30-11, committed 31 turnovers to the Panther's 21, and committed 21 fouls. Draw controls were fairly even, with the Panthers taking 14 to Oglethorpe's 10. The Petrels were just 10-of-23 on clear attempts, though, and Birmingham-Southern grabbed 24 ground balls to Oglethorpe's 17.
"It was a tough day to be a Stormy Petrel," said Oglethorpe head coach Shawna Block. "Our squad was faced with compensating for two injured players, and things just didn't go our way today. We'll learn from today and come out stronger from it."
The Petrels will next take on undefeated Rhodes on March 25 at 1 p.m. The contest will take place on the Oglethorpe Track and Field.