The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team went scoreless in today's contest against the undefeated Rhodes Lynx, losing 26-0. The Lynx were just too much for the undermanned Stormy Petrels, who at times had to play with nine players due to injuries, from the start. The Petrels are now 4-6 for the season and 1-3 in conference play.
The Lynx started the game off with a quick goal within just 10 seconds of the opening draw. They quickly tallied two more goals within about 20 seconds of each other, bringing the score to 3-0. As the game continued on, the Lynx scored 13 more unanswered goals to end the half, making the score 16-0 at the break. In the second half of play, the Petrels still could not find an answer for the Lynx as the visitors continued pushing down the field, scoring 10 more unanswered goals. The Petrels had a couple of chances to get on the scoreboard, but went 0-for-4 on free position shots with three of those chances coming in the second half.
Freshman goalie Jordan Chandler recorded 16 saves, which is double the amount of saves the three goalies for the Lynx had combined. Senior midfielder Juliana Altman had a solid game, recovering 4 ground balls and causing 3 turnovers.
Overall the Petrels were outshot 48-10, won 6 draw controls to the Lynx's 22, recovered 12 ground balls to Rhodes' 25, and committed 25 turnovers to the visitors' 15.
"Rhodes is a very good team and we were in a tough situation with our injuries," said Oglethorpe head coach Shawna Block, "but I thought our team did a good job of staying positive throughout. None of them gave up or hung their heads, so that's something good we can take out of this. We'll get back to it Tuesday against Columbia."
The Petrels will next travel to South Carolina to take on Columbia Tuesday at 6 p.m. in a non-conference contest. From there, they'll return home to go against Montevallo Saturday at 1 p.m. before re-entering SAA play the following weekend.