The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team hung with the Division II Montevallo Falcons Saturday afternoon at the Oglethorpe Track and Field, but the visitors proved too much in the end, and edged the Stormy Petrels 17-11. The loss dropped the Petrels to 4-8 on the season.
Oglethorpe fell behind Montevallo early, as the visiting Falcons scored five straight to open the proceedings. The Petrels pulled one back when senior defender Michelle Shramek tallied with 15:53 remaining in the first period. The two teams basically traded goals for the remainder of the period after that. Oglethorpe got a goal from senior midfielder Juliana Altman on a free position shot at the 7:33 mark, then freshman attacker Glenn Kaiser tallied a free position goal of her own with 4:25 left. The Petrels netted a pair of goals in the final three minutes of the half, with Kaiser scoring off an assist from freshman attacker Jill Czaplinski and freshman midfielder Samantha Chap tallying off an assist from freshman midfielder Balie Mitchum. Montevallo held a 9-4 lead at the half.
In the second period, the Falcons built a 7-goal lead to start, adding a pair in the opening 2:10 of the half. The Petrels answered back with four consecutive goals, though vaulting themselves right back into the game. Altman scored twice during the run, while Czaplinski and Shramek tallied a goal apiece, making the score 11-9 with 20:45 remaining. The Falcons answered with a pair of goals to go back up by four with 18:48 remaining, but Oglethorpe answered back with markers from sophomore midfielder Madison Goss and Czaplinski to make it 13-11 with 14:06 left. Montevallo finished with four straight goals, though, securing their 17-11 victory.
Altman led the Petrels with 3 goals on the afternoon, and she secured 3 ground balls, as well. Kaiser, Shramek and Czaplinski scored 2 goals apiece, while Shramek tallied 4 ground balls and 3 caused turnovers. Freshman defender Danielle Fuller led the team with 4 caused turnovers. Freshman goalie Jordan Franklin recorded 11 saves.
Montevallo outshot Oglethorpe 34-28 for the game, including 28-22 in shots on goal. The teams each accrued 26 ground balls, while Oglethorpe committed 27 turnovers to the Falcons' 25. The Petrels were 4-for-10 on free position shots and 18-for-24 on clear attempts.
"We are gaining experience with every game that we play," said Oglethorpe head coach Shawna Block. "We are looking forward to our next three games on the road."
The Petrels will hit the road for a non-conference game against Emmanuel on Tuesday at 6 p.m., then will continue to Conway, Arkansas, over the weekend for a game against SAA foe Hendrix.