The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team jumped on the visiting Brenau Golden Tigers early and did not let up Tuesday afternoon at the Oglethorpe Track and Field, running away from their opponents for a 26-4 victory. The win sends the Stormy Petrels to a long break with a 2-5 record.
The Petrels got off to an outstanding start in this one, scoring nine goals over the first six minutes to take a 9-0 lead. They took advantage of a Brenau yellow card which resulted in an unreleasable 2-minute penalty at the outset, scoring a pair of man-up goals over the first 1:15 of the game. However, Oglethorpe sophomore midfielder Jill Czaplinski picked up a yellow card of her own at the 28:22 mark. Despite that, the Petrels got an even-strength goal from sophomore attacker Balie Mitchum and a pair of man-down goals to build a 5-0 lead at the 26:27 mark of the opening half.
Oglethorpe would score four more times consecutively before Brenau finally got on the board at the 22:08 mark, making it 9-1. The Petrels immediately went on another huge run, though, scoring seven consecutive goals to take 16-1 lead with 9:01 still remaining in the opening half of play. Oglethorpe finished the first half with a massive 18-2 advantage.
With a running clock in effect for the second half due to Oglethorpe's 10-goal advantage, the Petrels were held to eight goals, but still put together a streak of six consecutive goals at one point in the proceedings. Overall, they outscored the Golden Tigers 8-2 over the course of the second half.
Mitchum and Czaplinski tied for the team lead in goals with six apiece, while junior midfielder Madison Goss added four and sophomore attacker Elena Gierok scored three in the first half before playing goalie during the second half. Czaplinski recorded three assists while Goss and Mitchum passed out two apiece. Czaplinski put all eight of her shots on target, picking up a pair of ground balls. Sophomore midfielder Jalisa Kassam and Gierok led the team with three ground balls each, while Goss recorded seven draw controls, leading all participants. Sophomore attacker Samantha Chap led the team with four caused turnovers.
The Petrels won 23 draw controls to seven for Brenau, while outshooting their opponents 36-8 overall and 33-5 on goal. Oglethorpe was 5 of 7 on clear attempts while holding Brenau to 5 of 22 in the same category. The Petrels were a perfect 2-for-2 on free position shots and forced 25 Brenau turnovers. Oglethorpe scooped 23 ground balls to the Golden Tigers' 19.
"Today's game felt really good for our team," said Oglethorpe head coach Brittney Hughes. "We focused on the weaknesses from our last two games, worked on them over the past few days, and were able to take care of the ball as a team today. We are excited to get this win headed into spring break and take the needed rest before we get back to it to prepare for Huntingdon."
The Petrels now get 10 days off before taking on Huntingdon at the Oglethorpe Track and Field on March 17. They'll then hit the road for three games before returning to the Oglethorpe Track and Field for their final game of the regular season.