DUE WEST — A barrage of second half goals by the Newberry women’s lacrosse team pushed the Wolves over the Erskine Flying Fleet 13-10 at Huggins Field on Wednesday as the Wolves were led by junior Kerri Ann Barlage’s five goals.
Erskine (3-7) opened the scoring in the first period as Samantha Burns struck with 25:41 on the clock. The two teams traded possession over the next few minutes before with 18:56 remaining in the first half, Newberry (4-4) sophomore Elise Sanchez collected a ground ball before leading the Wolves to a successful clear attempt. It was with the Wolves in their own offensive third that the ball ended up in the possession of Barlage.
The Wolves’ leading scorer proceeded to draw a foul and set herself up for a free position opportunity, which the junior would convert for the Wolves’ first goal of the game with 18:23 on the clock. Newberry’s second goal of the day came with 7:12 on the clock when freshman Carly Marksberry notched her first goal of the day.
After trailing 8-2 at halftime to the Flying Fleet the Wolves ticked off seven straight goals, starting with a goal from sophomore Tessa Davis with 21:08 on the clock. Davis’ tally was soon followed by Marksberry’s second of the day at 18:53, which cut the Erskine lead to 8-4.
The Erskine lead became even smaller as freshman Noelle Allen collected a pass from junior Kristin Balish and scored the Wolves’ fifth goal of the afternoon.
Barlage struck again off the following draw control as she not only corralled the draw, but took the ball to the cage herself to bring the Wolves within two of the Flying Fleet. Less than a minute after Barlage’s goal, Allen scored her second of the half to bring Erskine lead to only one goal.
After forcing an Erskine turnover in its defensive third, Barlage again wound up with the ball and drew a foul allowing the Maryland-native to score again off a free position chance to knot the game at 8-8. The Wolves run continued with 11:58 on the clock as Marksberry scored with a man-advantage to give Newberry its first lead of the day.
Erskine quickly evened things up with a free position goal at 11:27 to make the score 9-9. The next three minutes saw neither team fine many scoring opportunities, until Barlage again scored off a free position with 8:18 on the clock. With a 10-9 advantage, Barlage scored Newberry’s second man-up goal of the day off an assist from sophomore Victoria Thomas (Manhattan, Kan.).
Newberry increased its advantage as Marksberry scored her fourth goal of the day with 4:36 remaining to put the Wolves ahead 12-9. The Wolves’ final tally came with 2:16 on the clock as freshman Jessica Baxtrom scored off a Marksberry assist. An Erskine goal with 18 seconds remaining wrapped things up with a 13-10 Newberry victory.
Barlage led Newberry with five goals, while Marksberry added four and Allen tallied a pair. Newberry’s three assists came from Marksberry, Balish and Thomas. Five Newberry field players collected three groundballs, while freshman goalkeeper Morgan Raffaele snagged seven on the day. Barlage led Newberry with four draw controls and also picked up a team high two caused turnovers.
Newberry returns to Setzler on Saturday for a 2 p.m. meeting with the Lady Indians of Catawba.