The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team fell to the homestanding LaGrange Panthers Wednesday night, 20-8. The defeat dropped them to 3-6 on the season overall headed into their remaining SAA schedule.
The Stormy Petrels got five goals from sophomore attacker Elena Gierok and three assists from junior midfielder Madison Goss on the evening, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Panthers, who had four separate players score four goals each and another one score three.
The two teams traded goals in the early-going, with Gierok tallying for the Petrels off an assist from Goss. LaGrange responded with five consecutive goals, though, giving themselves a 6-1 lead at the 16:12 mark of the half. The Petrels responded with consecutive goals from Gierok, one off an assist from Goss and the other from junior midfielder Caroline Chamberlain, but the Panthers scored the final four goals of the half to take a 10-3 lead into the break.
The Petrels scored two of the first three goals in the second half, as Gierok scored another one off an assist from Goss and sophomore attacker Samantha Chap scored off an assist from sophomore attacker Balie Mitchum. LaGrange put the game away at that point, though, scoring five consecutive goals in the next four minutes to take a 16-5 lead with 20:44 remaining. Chamberlain tallied an unassisted goal thereafter, but three more LaGrange goals followed before sophomore midfielder Jill Czaplinski scored a free position goal to break up the streak.
LaGrange outshot the Petrels 35-16, including a 30-12 margin in shots on goal. Oglethorpe collected 14 ground balls to LaGrange's nine, but LaGrange won 19 draw controls to the Petrels' nine.
Oglethorpe sophomore goalie Jordan Chandler collected 10 saves on the evening.
"Tonight was not the outcome we'd have liked," said Oglethorpe coach Brittney Hughes, "but we have some of our most important games of the season left, so we don't have time to dwell on this. We've got three SAA games coming up, and that is our focus now."
The Petrels will be back in action on April 7 and 8, when they'll travel to Birmingham, Alabama, and Memphis, Tennessee. They'll take on Birmingham-Southern in the former at 2 p.m. Eastern on April 7, then take on Rhodes in the latter on April 8 at 1 p.m.