The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team took on a Centre team that beat them by 15 goals earlier in the season in the first round of the SAA Women's Lacrosse Championship Friday night in Sewanee, Tennessee. The sixth-seeded Stormy Petrels fought valiantly, though, and tied it up in the second half before falling 11-8 to the third-seeded Colonels.
Centre took a 6-3 lead just over two minutes into the second half, but the Petrels responded with three goals in a row. Senior attacker Clarissa Hopkins, who led her team with a hat trick on the evening while also securing three draw controls, took a feed from junior midfielder Jill Czaplinski to make it 6-4 with around 22 minutes left, then freshman midfielder Tatyana Harris followed with just over 20 minutes left to draw the Petrels to within one. Oglethorpe got the ball back and got fouled in the area, setting up a free position shot for senior midfielder Caroline Chamberlain. She put the ball past the Centre goalie and made the score 6-6 with just under 19:40 remaining in the contest.
The Colonels responded with three straight of their own, though, taking a 9-6 lead with 16:15 remaining on the clock.
Oglethorpe senior attacker Madison Goss brought her team one closer off an assist from junior attacker Samantha Chap with just over 14:30 left, but the two teams would trade goals from there and Centre secured advancement to Saturday's semifinal against host Sewanee.
The teams traded markers to open the game on Sewanee's Puett Field with Hopkins and Czaplinski tallying early goals off a free position shot and a Goss assist, respectively. Centre scored the next two to take a 4-2 lead with 7:20 remaining in the opening period, but Chap brought the Petrels one closer before the end of the half. The Colonels led 5-3 at the break.
Junior goalie Jordan Chandler tallied 11 saves in the loss, picking up four ground balls, as well. Junior defender Dreshona Mapps-Whitmore tied Chandler for the team lead in ground balls, while freshman midfielder Jalina Rodriguez led the Petrels with four draw controls.
Centre outshot Oglethorpe 36-18 overall and 22-14 on target. They forced the Petrels into 32 turnovers while committing just 20 themselves, but the teams were fairly even on draw controls and ground balls. Centre outpaced Oglethorpe 12-9 in the former and 27-25 in the latter.
With the loss, the Petrels finished the season 5-9 overall, marking their best-ever winning percentage and their second-most wins. The 2017 team finished 6-12.