On Saturday afternoon, the Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team hosted the Sewanee Tigers in an SAA matchup at Oglethorpe Track and Field. The Stormy Petrels hung in for awhile, but Sewanee was eventually able to pull away to a 21-2 victory.
Oglethorpe fell behind 2-0 in the opening five minutes of the game. From there, though, the Petrels would hold the Tigers scoreless for the next 10 minutes of play, while they were also able to score during this span. Nevertheless, the Tigers went on to extend their lead out to 10-2 by halftime. The Petrels failed to score in the second half, resulting in Sewanee winning by 19 goals. The loss dropped the Petrels to 1-5 on the season and 0-3 in the SAA.
The Petrels allowed the Tigers to begin the game with two quick goals with 26:20 left in the first period. For the next 10 minutes, the Petrels would hold the Tigers scoreless, while also being able to find the back of the net. Sophomore attacker Samantha Chap was the one credited with the goal off an assist from junior midfielder Caroline Chamberlain. The Tigers would follow-up the Petrels goal with five unanswered goals in 10 minutes, pushing their lead out to 7-1. With 4:50 remaining in the half, sophomore attacker Balie Mitchum would score for the Petrels, reducing the gap to just five goals. The Petrels ended the half allowing three more goals, giving the Tigers a 10-2 advantage. Sophomore goalie Elena Gierok, forced into duty in place of the injured Jordan Chandler, ended the first half with 13 saves.
The second half began with the Tigers scoring two goals within the first minute of play. The Petrels continued to fight hard, but with over 20 minutes still left to play, the Tigers had already extended their lead out to 15-2. The Tigers ended the half scoring six more goals, closing out the game.
The Petrels finished the game going 11-of-17 on clears, while the Tigers went a perfect 16-of-16. The Tigers also won the ground ball battle, coming away with 16 compared to eight by the Petrels. The Petrels won nine draw controls.
Chap and Mitchum were the only goalscorers for the Petrels. Sophomore defender Dreshona Mapps-Whitmore and sophomore midfielder Jill Czaplinski tied for the team high with two ground balls. Additionally, Mapps-Whitmore also recorded two forced turnovers, which led the Petrels.
The Petrels will have their next matchup on Tuesday, as they challenge in-state opponent Brenau at the Oglethorpe Track and Field. The Petrels will then face Huntingdon at home on Saturday, March 17.