Women's lacrosse notches first conference win with 12-11 overtime victory over Berry, clinches spot in SAA tournament

Women's lacrosse notches first conference win with 12-11 overtime victory over Berry, clinches spot in SAA tournament

The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team earned their first victory of the SAA season Tuesday evening at Valhalla stadium in Mount Berry, defeating Berry 12-11 in overtime on a sudden-death goal from senior attacker Madison Goss. The win improved the Stormy Petrels to 5-8 overall and 1-5 in conference play and clinched a spot in the SAA tournament, moving them into sixth place in the league by themselves.

The homestanding Vikings won the opening draw to get first possession in the instant-victory extra period, but the Petrels forced a turnover then successfully cleared the ball, setting up their own scoring opportunity. Goss received a pass behind the Berry goal, then ran around front and put a shot past the Viking goalie to secure the win.

Leading up to that, the Petrels scored a pair of goals to come back after Berry took a 10-9 lead with 12 minutes left. Freshman midfielder Jalina Rodriguez and junior midfielder Jill Czaplinski scored within 3:10 of each other, vaulting Oglethorpe into an 11-10 lead with five minutes remaining in regulation. The Vikings evened up the score with a goal at the 2:38 mark, sending the game to overtime.

The Petrels led 8-6 at halftime then got a goal from senior midfielder Caroline Chamberlain off a pass from freshman midfielder Tatyana Harris to make it 9-7 with just under 16 minutes remaining. Berry scored three straight goals to make it 10-9, though.

Czaplinski and Chamberlain scored early in the first half to give Oglethorpe a 2-1 lead in the first 10 minutes. Berry responded with back-to-back goals, but the Petrels got markers from Harris on a free position shot and Czaplinski to tie it 4-4 with 10:30 left until halftime. The Petrels tallied three straight goals to build a 7-5 advantage late in the period. Czaplinski joined junior attacker Samantha Chap and freshman midfielder Samanda Cox for those three markers. Czaplinski added another goal with 1:54 left in the half to make it 8-6 headed to the break.

Czaplinski led the way with five goals while Chamberlain scored two and scooped three ground balls. Senior attacker Clarissa Hopkins added five ground balls and four caused turnovers while Goss collected three ground balls and five caused turnovers.

Oglethorpe outshot Berry 42-26 overall and 32-18 on goal. The Petrels forced 31 turnovers and scooped 27 ground balls on the evening. They were also successful on 22 of 24 clear attempts.

The Petrels concluded their regular season with the overtime win over Berry and now wait to see who they'll play in the first round of the SAA tournament on April 19. It marks the second time the team has qualified for the SAA tournament since the league contracted the event from eight to six teams in 2015.