The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team came back from a seven-goal deficit to pull to within just two late in their game against Point University Wednesday evening at the Oglethorpe Track and Field. The visiting Skyhawks held on for the 14-12 victory, though, dropping the Stormy Petrels to 4-6 on the season.
After senior attacker Madison Goss scored the opener less than three minutes into the game, Point ran off eight of the next nine goals to build an 8-2 lead with just under 13 minutes remaining until halftime. The Petrels responded with three goals in a row, though, as Goss netted a free position shot and another unassisted goal while senior attacker Clarissa Hopkins took a feed from freshman midfielder Samanda Cox and finished it to cut the Oglethorpe deficit to 8-5 with 9:43 remaining in the half. The Skyhawks finished off the period with three straight goals, though, and went to the break up 11-5.
The visitors extended their advantage to 12-5 just over a minute into the second half, but the Petrels started their comeback from there. Freshman midfielder Jalina Rodriguez and junior midfielder Jill Czaplinski added goals to cut it 12-7 at the 21:50 mark. Point answered with a man-down goal a couple minutes later, but junior attacker Samantha Chap scored off an assist from freshman midfielder Tatyana Harris with 18:08 left, Czaplinski added an unassisted goal at the 17:56 mark, and Goss took a feed from Hopkins and put it past the Point goalie with 16:19 on the clock. Oglethorpe had a goal disallowed due to an illegal stick during that stretch, as well, but they pulled to within three, 13-10.
Point added a big goal with an extra player with 10:23 left, but the Petrels refused to quit. They got a goal from Hopkins off an assist from Rodriguez with 8:17 left, then tallied another from Czaplinski, also assisted by Rodriguez, at the 5:27 mark. The home side was unable to dent the scoreboard again, though, and fell to the visiting Skyhawks.
Goss had an outstanding game in the losing effort, scoring four goals, recording four ground balls, and causing three turnovers. She also collected her 100th career draw control during the contest. Czaplinsk also scored four goals, while junior defender Dreshona Mapps-Whitmore recorded six ground balls and five caused turnovers.
The teams finished dead even at 23 shots on goals, with Oglethorpe outshooting Point 31-29 total. The Petrels outdrew Point 15-13 and scooped 28 ground balls to their opponents' 25, but they also committed 33 turnovers on the evening.
The Petrels will be back in action Saturday at 2 p.m., when they take on Birmingham-Southern from the Oglethorpe Track and Field.