The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team went out-of-state Wednesday for a non-conference road game, traveling to South Carolina to take on the homestanding Columbia Koalas. The Stormy Petrels fought valiantly, but fell 19-14 in the end. The result dropped the Petrels to 4-7 on the season.
Sophomore midfielder Madison Goss tallied the first goal of the game at 23:59 left in the first half. The Koalas quickly answered with a goal of their own to tie the game. The Koalas went on a 4-0 run to bring the score to 5-2 before freshman attacker Elena Gierok and senior midfielder Juliana Altman ended the streak by each scoring a free position goal. Freshman attacker Glenn Kaiser ended the second half with a goal, as well, bringing the score to 7-6.
As the second half got underway, the Koalas scored three unanswered goals to bring the score to 10-6 before Gierok tallied an unassisted goal to bring the Petrels within three goals of Columbia. With 17:30 left in the game, the Koalas secured themselves a big enough lead for them to get the victory by going on a 4-0 run. The Petrels went on a 4-0 run towards the end of the game, but unfortunately, it was not enough to get the victory.
Goss led the team with 4 goals, shooting 2 for 2 on free position shots. She recovered 2 ground balls and 2 draw controls. Gierok and Kaiser followed behind with 3 goals each.
Overall, the Petrels were outshot 43-25, committed 20 turnovers to the Kaolas' 18, and recovered 22 ground balls to the Koalas' 30.
"I'm very proud of our team," said Oglethorpe head coach Shawna Block. "The defense played stellar, the midfield produced excellent transitions, and the offense truly worked as a team. With a few more minutes on the clock, it might have been a different end result."
The Petrels will now return home to take on Division II side Montevallo Saturday at 1 p.m. After that, they'll head just northeast of Atlanta to Franklin Springs for a road contest against Emmanuel April 4 at 6 p.m. They'll then hit the road for a pair of SAA contests against Hendrix and Sewanee.