The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team traveled to Alabama to take on Birmingham-Southern in an SAA matchup on Saturday. The Stormy Petrels fell to the homestanding Panthers 19-1, however, dropping them to 3-7 on the season overall and 0-4 in SAA play.
The Panthers began the game peppering Oglethorpe sophomore goalie Jordan Chandler with shots, but she would record three saves before finally letting one through with 25:13 left in the first period. Birmingham-Southern would score two more goals in the next five minutes, the first coming off a free position shot. After another free position goal minutes later, the Panthers were winning 4-0 with 17:52 before halftime. Once the Panthers made it 5-0 two minutes later, the Petrels defense would hold the Panthers scoreless for the next five minutes. After the defensive stand, the Petrels would give up two goals within one minute of each other. The Petrel defense would stand strong for another five scoreless minutes, but they would end the period giving up four goals in the final five minutes.
Despite being down 11-0 at halftime, the Petrels wouldn't give up. The Petrels would hold the Panthers scoreless for the opening four minutes of the second half. With 26 minutes left in the game, the Panthers would extend their lead out to 12-0, which was followed up by another goal to make it 13-0 just two minutes later. The Panthers would push the lead out once again six minutes later, making it 14-0. With 14:53 remaining in the game, sophomore attacker Balie Mitchum scored the first goal of the day for the Petrels. After the Petrel goal, the Panthers would go on to score four within the next seven minutes of play. The Petrels would give up only one more goal to end the final seven minutes of the game, resulting in the final 19-1 score line.
Oglethorpe ended the game losing the ground ball battle, 28-15. The Petrels forced 17 turnovers throughout the game and successfully cleared the ball on 16 of 21 attempts. Junior midfielder Caroline Chamberlain lead her team with three ground balls, as well as earning a draw control. Chandler ended the game recording nine saves.
The Petrels will remain on the road for their next contest, traveling to Memphis, Tennessee, on Sunday to challenge SAA opponent Rhodes. The Petrels will then return home for their final game of the season, facing Hendrix on Saturday, April 14, at 1 p.m.