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.