Women's Lacrosse Earns Comeback Victory over LaGrange to Close Out Regular Season

Women's Lacrosse Earns Comeback Victory over LaGrange to Close Out Regular Season

The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team got their sixth win of the season this evening in a well-fought battle against the visiting LaGrange Panthers. The Stormy Petrels came back from an early 6-2 deficit en route to the victory, and finish the regular season at 6-11, marking the best record in program history.

The Petrels started off on the wrong foot, allowing the Panthers to go on a 4-goal run to take a 5-1 lead with 17:07 remaining in the first half. Senior midfielder Juliana Altman tallied her first goal of the game to end the run, making the score 5-2. The Panthers responded with another goal, making it 6-2. Altman fired the team up with her second goal of the game and the momentum seemed to swing to the Petrels, as they went on a 3-0. The Panthers tallied one more goal before the Petrels went on another 3-0 run to take an 8-7 lead going into the halftime break.

The Petrels started off the second half with great intensity, as they continued their run from the first half. Then continued their 7-0 run, bridged across the halftime break, before the Panthers tallied a goal to make the score 12-8. The Petrels continued to play with heart as they went on a 3-0 run, making the score 15-8. The two teams traded goals after that, and Oglethorpe was able to cruise home with a 17-12 win.
 
Altman and senior midfielder Michelle Shramek, the two captains of the team, led the squad with heart and great intensity in their final home game. In addition to her team-leading 6 goals, Altman had 2 assists, recovered 1 ground ball and secured a draw control. In addition to her 4 goals, Shramek recovered 5 ground balls, secured 3 draw controls and caused 2 turnovers. In addition to those two, sophomore attacker Madison Goss tallied a goal, recovered 2 ground balls and secured 6 draw controls,  and freshman attacker Glenn Kaiser tallied 2 goals, recovered 2 ground balls, secured 2 draw controls and forced a turnover. Freshman defender Danielle Fuller recovered 4 ground balls and caused 4 turnovers. 

Overall the Petrels outshot the Panthers 41-25, recovered 23 ground balls to the Panthers' 8, were 16-for-19 on clear attempts, and secured 16 draw controls.

"We came out a bit rocky, but came together as a team and pulled out the victory with composure," said Oglethorpe head coach Shawna Block. "This was a great way to finish regular season play at home!"
 
The Petrels will next head to Tennessee to play Sewanee in the first round of the SAA Tournament Friday at 7 p.m. Eastern. Oglethorpe holds the No. 6 seed in the tournament and will take on the third-seeded Tigers.

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