The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team played a competitive game with the visiting Berry Vikings Saturday at the Oglethorpe Track and Field, but Berry pulled out a 14-10 victory in the end, as the Stormy Petrels were unable to come back from a 13-6 deficit midway through the second half. The result dropped the Petrels to 5-11 overall, and meant that Oglethorpe finished the regular season 2-5 in SAA play, putting them in sixth place. That marks the best-ever SAA finish in their 5-year history.
Senior midfielder Michelle Shramek, who was honored at halftime as part of Senior Day, tallied the opening goal for the Petrels with 27:22 left in the first half. The Vikings answered with a 4-0 run to bring the score to 4-1 with 19:45 left in the half. Senior midfielder Juliana Altman, who was also honored as part of Senior Day festivities, ended the Vikings' run with an unassisted goal, bringing the score to 4-2. Altman quickly followed with another unassisted goal to bring the score to 5-3. Freshman attacker Jill Czaplinski tallied an unassisted goal before the half ended, bringing the score to 7-4 at halftime.
Sophomore midfielder Madison Goss quickly brought the score back within two with an unassisted goal to start the second half. The Vikings answered with two goals of their own. With 20:56 left in the game, Shramek tallied her second goal of the game with a free position shot to bring the score to 9-6. The Vikings had a burst of energy, tallying four unanswered goals to give them a comfortable 13-6 lead with 14:20 left in the game. Shramek ended the run with her third goal of the game to bring the score to 13-7. The Petrels had a 3-0 run to the end the game, but unfortunately, the clock ran out with the score at 14-10. Goss, Czaplinski and freshman attacker Samantha Chap scored the three goals over the final nine minutes.
Shramek led the Petrels with 3 goals, scoring on every single one of her shots. She also recorded 3 ground balls and 2 draw controls. Altman, Goss and Czaplinski followed behind, each tallying 2 goals apiece. Freshman defender Danielle Fuller led the team with 6 ground balls, while freshman attacker Elena Gierok led the squad with 5 draw controls.
Overall, the Petrels were outshot 27-17, secured 17 ground balls to the Vikings' 17, and recovered 14 draw controls to the Vikings' 12.
"I am so very proud of every player today," said Oglethorpe head coach Shawna Block. "They played with all their heart and left it all out on the field."
The Petrels will next take on visiting LaGrange Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Oglethorpe Track and Field in their final regular season game. After that, they'll head to Sewanee, Tennessee, to take on No. 3 seed Sewanee in the first round of the SAA Tournament on Friday.