Women's lacrosse can't overcome large first half deficit, falls at Piedmont 16-8

Women's lacrosse can't overcome large first half deficit, falls at Piedmont 16-8

The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team fell behind in-state opponent Piedmont 12-1 in the first half Tuesday night in Demorest. Though they mounted a comeback in the second half, they couldn't overcome the early deficit and fell 16-8 to the homestanding Lions. The result dropped the Stormy Petrels to 3-2 on the season.

Down 12-1 entering the second half, the Petrels got a pair of goals from senior midfielder Madison Goss over the opening four minutes of the second half to cut it to 12-3. Piedmont scored two of the next three goals to push back out to a 10-goal lead with 16:35 remaining, but Oglethorpe went on a four-goal run after that. Goss started the stretch at the 15:18 mark off an assist by junior attacker Samantha Chap. Chap then scored a man-up goal with off an assist from freshman attacker Audrey Mahoney with just under 11 minutes remaining. Senior attacker Clarissa Hopkins tallied her second free position goal of the game with 5:20 left and Goss scored again to end the run, bringing her team to within six at 14-8 with 4:41 remaining. 

Piedmont put it away from there, though, tallying a pair of goals in the final 3:15 to pull away to the 16-8 win.

The Petrels opened the scoring in the first half as senior midfielder Caroline Chamberlain posted a marker in the opening 20 seconds of the game. Piedmont answered with 12 consecutive goals over the rest of the half, pulling out to an 11-goal lead at the halftime break.

Goss led the Petrels with four goals while Hopkins tallied two. Freshman goalie Zoe Geiger led the team with five ground balls and junior defender Dreshona Mapps-Whitmore added four. Freshman midfielder Jalina Rodriguez led the team with six draw controls. Geiger tallied five saves.

The Petrels actually outshot Piedmont 23-21 on goal, but Lions goalie Mattie Keaton tallied 15 saves on the night. Oglethorpe outdrew Piedmont 14-11, forced 24 turnovers while committing just 17, and scooped 23 ground balls to Piedmont's 20. The Lions were 7-for-10 on free position shots, though.

Oglethorpe will head back into SAA play this weekend. They'll travel all the way to Conway, Arkansas, to take on Hendrix at noon EST on Saturday. After that, they'll head to Florida for a pair of games against UCF (in an exhibition) and Palm Beach Atlantic.