On Sunday afternoon, the Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team traveled to Memphis, Tennessee, to challenge SAA opponent Rhodes. The Stormy Petrels found themselves down 16-0 at halftime, but they continued battling the homestanding Lynx. The Petrels managed to score three goals in the second half while only giving up eight goals to the Lynx. Nevertheless, the Petrels lost 24-3, falling to 3-8 on the season and 0-5 in the conference.
The Lynx began the game taking three shots, two of which were saved by sophomore goalie Jordan Chandler and the other was wide of the cage. With 28:47 remaining in the half, the Lynx were able to make it past the Petrel goalie for their first goal of the day. From there, the Lynx would go on to make it 13-0 with around 13 minutes left in the half. The Petrels would then go on to hold the Lynx scoreless for the next five minutes of play before finally giving the Lynx their 14th goal. The Petrels would hold Rhodes scoreless for a 5-minute stretch, but the Petrels ended the half giving up two more goals causing the Lynx to extend their lead out to 16-0.
In the first five minutes of the second half, the Petrels gave up three more goals to the Lynx. Following that, the Petrels would get untracked, earning two goals and holding the Lynx scoreless over the next 10 minutes of play. The first goal for the Petrels came from sophomore attacker Elena Gierok with 18:45 left in the game. The second goal was just seconds later, when junior midfielder Caroline Chamberlain scored off a free position shot. The Lynx would go on to score two more goals, making it 21-2. With 8:25 left in the game, the Petrels would respond with a goal from sophomore midfielder Jill Czaplinski. The Petrels would end the game giving up three more goals. The Lynx won with a final score of 24-3.
The Petrels ended the game earning seven ground balls, six draw controls, and forcing 13 turnovers. Chandler ended the game recording an impressive 18 saves. Chamberlain had a team-high three draw controls. Lastly, sophomore defender Dreshona Mapps-Whitmore led her team with three ground balls and three caused turnovers.
"This weekend did not go our way," said Oglethorpe coach Brittney Hughes, "but we look forward to the final game of our regular season next weekend against Hendrix."
The Petrels will return home for their final game of the regular season on Saturday at 1 p.m., facing SAA rival Hendrix at the Oglethorpe Track and Field.