The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team had an outstanding second half Sunday afternoon in West Point, Georgia, outscoring the Dallas Crusaders 12-4 en route to a 20-12 neutral-site win. The victory improved the Stormy Petrels to 3-1 on the season, marking their best-ever four-game start to a season.
With the score tied 8-8 to start the second half, the Petrels went on a 4-0 run to start the period. Junior attacker Samantha Chap scored three times during the 12-minute run while senior midfielder Madison Goss tallied once. The Petrels had a 12-8 lead with just under 19 minutes to go. Dallas came back with a couple to pull to within two at the 16-minute mark, but Oglethorpe responded with four more markers, two from Goss, one from Chap, and one from senior midfielder Caroline Chamberlain. After the Crusaders scored one more, the Petrels put the game away with three more markers, including one by senior attacker Caroline Chamberlain, and took a 19-11 lead with 3:42 left.
In the first half, Hopkins and Goss opened up with goals to give their team a 2-0 lead. Dallas scored seven goals in a row over a three-minute stretch to build a 7-2 lead at the 23:25 mark. Oglethorpe answered back by scoring six of the last seven goals in the period, though. Freshman attacker Audrey Mahoney and freshman midfielder Samanda Cox scored during that stretch, in addition to Hopkins, Goss, Chamberlain and Chap.
Chap finished with seven goals for the game, while Goss tallied six and collected six draw controls. Hopkins recorded a hat trick, as well.
The Petrels outshot Dallas 34-16 on goal. They also collected 34 ground balls while forcing 29 Crusader turnovers. They were successful on 3 of 10 free-position shots.
Oglethorpe will be back in action Tuesday night when they stay in state to take on Piedmont in Demorest at 7 p.m. After that, they'll head to Conway, Arkansas, to take on conference foe Hendrix Saturday at 2 p.m. EST, then head to Florida for their spring-break trip and games against UCF and Palm Beach Atlantic.