The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team faced a tough matchup Wednesday evening against the homestanding Sewanee Tigers in Sewanee, Tennessee. The Stormy Petrels played Sewanee even over the course of the second half, but the Tigers' 13-0 advantage in the first half propelled them to a 16-3 victory. The loss dropped the Petrels to 5-10 on the season overall and 2-4 in SAA play.
The first half proved to be all Sewanee, with the Tigers outscoring the Petrels 13-0. That included a stretch of six goals between the 20-minute and 10-minute marks of the opening period.
The visitors responded in the second half, though, playing Sewanee even over the final 30 minutes of the contest. In fact, Oglethorpe tallied the opening three goals of the second half. Freshman midfielder Jill Czaplinski opened the stretch with an unassisted tally at the 21:25 mark, then senior midfielder Juliana Altman converted a free position shot at the 12:46 mark to make the score 13-2. Altman added her second goal of the contest with 9:13 remaining to cut the Sewanee lead to 10 goals, 13-3.
The Tigers finished the game with three unanswered goals, though, leading to the final 16-3 scoreline.
Altman led the Petrels with 2 goals on the evening, while Czaplinski added a couple ground balls in addition to her goal. Freshman attacker Balie Mitchum led the team with 4 ground balls on the evening.
The Petrels outshot Sewanee 8-7 in the second half, but the Tigers outshot the Petrels 24-13 for the game, including 19-11 on goal. The two teams each committed 26 turnovers, while Sewanee scooped 25 ground balls to Oglethorpe's 20.
"Our second half was much stronger than the first," said Oglethorpe head coach Shawna Block. "We'll be looking to build off of it to take on Berry Saturday."
The Petrels will celebrate Senior Day Saturday afternoon when they welcome Berry to the Oglethorpe Track and Field at 1 p.m. for their final SAA game of the regular season. After that, they'll welcome LaGrange to campus Tuesday at 6 p.m. for their final contest before disembarking for the SAA playoffs on Friday, April 21.