The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team picked up their second conference win Saturday in Conway, Arkansas, defeating the Hendrix Warriors 14-13 in a well-fought battle. The result allowed the Stormy Petrels to clinch a spot in the SAA playoffs for the first time since the tournament went to six teams in 2015. The score remained close until the clock hit zero, but the Petrels pulled it out, improving to 5-9 for the season and 2-3 in SAA play.
The Petrels started off strong with a 4-0 run, with four different Petrels tallying a goal. Shortly after, the Warriors responded with a 4-0 run of their own to tie the score 4-4 with 15:36 left in the first half. Freshman attacker Elena Gierok tallied a goal with an assist from freshman midfielder Jillian Czaplinski, giving the Petrels the 5-4 lead. The Warriors quickly responded again with another goal to tie the game 5-5 with 8:25 left in the first half. Oglethorpe ended the half on a 4-0 run, giving them a 3-goal lead going into halftime with the score 9-6.
To start the second half, the Warriors scored back-to-back goals, bringing the scoreline back within one. Freshman attacker Glenn Kaiser answered for the Petrels with an unassisted goal to get the Petrels up by two. With 9:41 left in the contest, the Warriors tied the game 10-10. Senior midfielder Juliana Altman and Kaiser answered for the Petrels, as they each tallied a goal to gain a 2-goal lead, making the score 12-10 with 5:29 left in the contest. The Warriors yet again responded with back-to-back goals, tying the game 12-12 with 2:53 left. Within just 22 seconds, Altman tallied a free position goal and an unassisted goal, though, securing the victory for the Petrels. The Warriors scored one more goal with eight seconds left in the game, but were unable to get a shot on goal to tie it.
Altman carried the team with 5 goals while also recovering 2 ground balls, securing 4 draw controls, and forcing 2 turnovers. Kaiser followed behind with 3 tallied goals of her own, recovering a ground ball and forcing a turnover.
Overall, the win was a team effort. The Petrels committed 23 turnovers to the Warriors' 21, secured 11 draw controls to the Warriors' 17, were out-shot 37 to 21, and were 50 percent for free position shots.
"Today was a full team effort," said Oglethorpe head coach Shawna Block. "We asked multiple players to play in new positions and they did so without complaint. Our seniors, Altman, Michelle Shramek and Kellen Flatt, provided leadership and motivation from warmups through to the last horn. We are very excited about getting to play in the postseason conference tournament."
With this second SAA conference win under their belt, the Petrels will travel to Sewanee, Tennessee, to take on the Sewanee Tigers, who are 11-3 for the season and 4-1 in conference play. The contest will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m.