Late Women's Lacrosse Comeback Falls Short in 14-9 Loss to Piedmont

Late Women's Lacrosse Comeback Falls Short in 14-9 Loss to Piedmont
On Tuesday night, the Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team challenged in-state opponent Piedmont at the Oglethorpe Track and Field, playing the visitors evenly in the second half despite a 14-9 defeat. The Stormy Petrels had a rough start, falling behind 7-2 by halftime and 12-3 early in the second half, but with the game seemingly out of reach, the Petrels refused to go quietly, outscoring the visiting Lions 5-1 over the final seven minutes of play. Nevertheless, the late game comeback wouldn't be enough for the Petrels to overtake the Lions, who held on for the 5-goal victory. The Petrels dropped to 0-3 on the young season. 
 
The game was a defensive struggle early on, but the Lions built a 4-0 lead with 11:42 left before halftime. The Petrels were finally able to get on the scoreboard with 7:59 left in the first period. Sophomore midfielder Jill Czaplinski was the one credited for the goal. With 4:36 in the first, the Lions would extend their lead out to 5-1, but the Petrels would answer back just 30 seconds later. This time sophomore attacker Samantha Chap was the one to find the back of the net while sophomore attacker Balie Mitchum assisted her on the goal. The Lions would end the period scoring two consecutive goals to put themselves ahead 7-2 at halftime. 
 
The Lions scored three goals in the first four minutes of the second half, putting the Petrels behind the 8-ball with a 10-2 deficit. The Petrels were quick to respond with a goal of their own just a minute later; Chap earned her second goal with 25:08 left in the game. The Lions would go on to score two more goals before Oglethorpe sophomore attacker Elena Glerok responded with a goal off an assist from junior midfielder Caroline Chamberlain. The Lions would score again to push their lead out to 13-4 at the 17:21 mark, although the Petrels would answer just 20 seconds later with a goal from Chamberlain. The Lions would score one last time to put them 14-5 with over 16 minutes left in the game. 
 
The Petrel defense held the Lions scoreless for the remainder of the game, while the Oglethorpe attack went on to score four goals in just over 10 minutes. Mitchum scored the first goal. Junior midfielder Madison Goss would score the second goal off of a free position shot. Chamberlain and Czaplinski scored the final two goals with 4:07 and 2:17 left, respectively.
 
The Petrels had a great second half of play, matching the Lions with seven goals for the period. The Petrels also won the ground ball battle 22-15 in over the course of the game. They also outdrew Piedmont 13-11. 
 
Sophomore goalie Jordan Chandler recorded 10 saves and tied Czaplinski for a team-high four ground balls. Chap, Chamberlain and Czaplinski all scored two goals. Chamberlain and Czaplinski both finished the game with an assist. 
 
"Tonight's game marked a huge step forward for this team," said Oglethorpe coach Brittney Hughes. "To fight back like that showed a lot of resilience, and I'm very proud of the effort from everybody on this team. Piedmont's a good team and played a great game, and I'm very happy with the way we competed with them tonight."
 
The Petrels will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Danville, Kentucky, to face SAA rival Centre. The Petrels will then return home to the Oglethorpe Track and Field on Wednesday, Feb. 28, to take on North Carolina Wesleyan at 6 p.m.

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