The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team fell behind the homestanding Emmanuel Lions 13-3 in the first half Tuesday evening in Franklin Springs and, though they played Emmanuel even in the second half, they were unable to work their way all the way back into the game in a 16-6 loss. The defeat dropped the Stormy Petrels to 4-9 on the season overall.
The Lions started the game on a 4-goal stretch over the opening eight minutes of the contest. The Petrels answered back with a goal from senior midfielder Juliana Altman with 14:44 left in the period to pull Oglethorpe to within 4-1, but Emmanuel outscored the Petrels 9-2 between that point and halftime. Oglethorpe did get another tally from Altman with 7:39 left, then senior defender Michelle Shramek added an unassisted goal of her own with 5:38 remaining until the break.
Down by 10 goals at halftime, the Petrels fought back with a pair of goals to begin the second half, as Shramek netted the first and freshman attacker Glenn Kaiser took a pass from Altman and finished it with 25:41 remaining to make the score 13-5. The Lions came back with three straight markers to extend their lead to its largest of the game, 16-5, before the Petrels came back with the contest's final goal from Altman with 6:09 left.
Altman finished with a hat trick for Oglethorpe, while Shramek scored 2 goals and scooped 2 ground balls. She caused 2 Emmanuel turnovers, as well. Freshman goalie Jordan Chandler tallied 16 saves on the evening.
The Lions outshot the Petrels 37-20, including 32-14 on goal. Oglethorpe went 21-for-25 on clear attempts, while Emmanuel scooped 25 ground balls to Oglethorpe's 10. The Petrels committed 19 turnovers while forcing 14.
The Petrels will go back on the road this weekend, when they travel to Conway, Arkansas, to take on Hendrix Saturday at 2 p.m. Eastern.