On Saturday afternoon, the Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team hosted Huntingdon and had a magnificent showing, beating the Hawks 14-0 to record the first shutout in program history. The Stormy Petrels built a 9-goal lead by halftime and never looked back, improving to 3-5 on the season and recording their third win in their last four games.
The Petrels had some outstanding performances to help them seal the win. Sophomore attackers Elena Gierok and Balie Mitchum led the Petrels with four goals each. Gierok also led her team in assists, earning three in the game. Junior midfielder Caroline Chamberlain helped her team out in numerous ways by scoring three goals, grabbing two ground balls, and winning two draw controls. Junior midfielder Precious Buddington, freshman midfielder Rebecca Bryant, and sophomore midfielder Jill Czaplinski all tied for the team high in caused turnovers with three apiece. Finally, sophomore goalie Jordan Chandler recorded the shutout with nine saves.
Gierok scored the first goal with 26:49 remaining in the first half with an assist from Mitchum. Just over 20 seconds later, the Petrels would score once again, this time off a free position shot from Chamberlain. With 24 minutes still left in the first period, the Petrels would go up 3-0 with a goal from Gierok, coming off an assist from Chamberlain. The Petrels would score again six minutes later, going up 4-0. From that point on, the Hawks would hold the Petrels scoreless for the next 10 minutes of play. At 8:54 in the first period, the Petrels would break their scoreless run with a goal from junior midfielder Madison Goss, assisted by Czaplinski. The Petrels would end the period scoring four more goals, three of which were in the final three minutes of the half.
In the first 30 seconds of the final half, the Petrels managed to find the back of the net to give them a 10-0 advantage. The Petrels would push their lead out to 11-0 just over two minutes later with a free position goal from Mitchum. From then on, the Petrels would cruise to the well-earned 14-0 victory. The Petrels finished the game collecting 22 ground balls compared to 20 by the Hawks. The Petrels also successfully cleared the ball on 15 of 22 attempts.
"Our defense played fantastic!" said Oglethorpe head coach Brittney Hughes. "It was great for Jordan to come back from injury with a performance like that, as well. Offensively, I thought we played really well and shared the ball. We have a few things that we're working on, and today was a great opportunity to get a look at those parts of our game, especially since we'll be getting into SAA play here really soon. As we head forward into the rest of our schedule, we're looking forward to the LaGrange game later this month. That'll give us one more chance to get some things cleaned up before we head back into SAA play."
Next, the Petrels will travel down Interstate 85 to LaGrange to take on the homestanding Panthers on March 28 at 7 p.m. Following that, the Petrels will remain on the road, traveling to Birmingham-Southern in an SAA matchup on April 7 at 2 p.m.