Sophomore attacker Michelle Vasques of the Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team scored four goals against Birmingham-Southern Sunday afternoon in Birmingham, Ala., but it wasn't enough to stave off defeat, as the home-standing Panthers defeated the Stormy Petrels, 18-8.
Vasques' four goals came on six total shots and she also corraled five draw controls. Meanwhile, Carissa Thomas and Sydney Sparks each led the team with four ground balls while Sparks caused three turnovers. Goalie Paige Falkowski stopped 20 shots on the afternoon.
The Petrels were a highly efficient 5-of-6 on free-position shots, put 17 of their 20 shots on goal, and secured 12 draw controls.
Oglethorpe jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a Vasques free-position goal. The home-standing Panthers scored three times in a row to follow, but Thomas came through with a free-position goal of her own to make it 3-2 with 21:35 remaining in the half. However, Birmingham-Southern came back with a four-goal run to take a five-goal lead. The Petrels got a pair of free-position goals from Vasques at the end of the half but still trailed by five, 9-4, going into the break.
In the second half, Oglethorpe got early back-to-back goals from Vasques and Thomas to cut the deficit to four, 10-6. However, a subsequent five-goal run from Birmingham-Southern would put the game out of reach, as the Panthers led 15-6 with 10 minutes remaining.
The Petrels now drop to 0-8 on the season, 0-3 in SAA play. They'll travel to Mount Berry, Ga., on Thursday to take on Berry at 3:30 p.m. in another SAA tilt.