NEWBERRY — Despite scoring two goals in the first 10 minutes, the Newberry women’s lacrosse team fell 12-7 to the SCAD-Savannah Bees at Setzler Field on Saturday afternoon.
Against the defending National Women’s Lacrosse League champions, SCAD-Savannah (2-1), the Wolves (1-3) controlled the opening draw and took their time to build toward a scoring attempt.
After the two teams exchanged turnovers, the Wolves regained possession on a ground ball by sophomore Victoria Thomas. After the Wolves moved the ball around the offensive third, junior Kerri Ann Barlage beat Bees keeper Jennifer Danko for her first goal of the afternoon.
Shortly after Barlage’s first of the day, junior Kristin Balish scored her first Newberry goal off an assist from freshman Jessica Baxtrom with 20:57 remaining in the first period.
The Bees did not let the Wolves lead last long scoring with 19:57 on the clock off a free position attempt to cut Newberry’s lead to 2-1. SCAD-Savannah netted a second goal off a free position with 8:24 on the clock, before rattling off four more goals before the halftime buzzer sounded.
Newberry found themselves down 7-2 early in the second period, before the Wolves took advantage of a man-up situation as freshman Noelle Allen drew a foul and converted on a free position opportunity to bring the Wolves back within four goals.
SCAD-Savannah answered the Wolves once again with a goal of their own, before with 14:56 on the clock Allen struck again for her fifth goal of the season. The Bees controlled the very next draw with the ball ending up in the possession of Charlotte Cuts, who promptly beat the Newberry defense to give the Bees a 9-4 lead with less than 15 minutes remaining.
Another SCAD-Savannah goal soon followed, before Barlage scored her tenth goal of the season for the Wolves with 10:13 remaining. The Wolves continued to comeback as sophomore Tessa Davis netted a free position goal to cut the Bees lead to only four.
After running five minutes off the clock, SCAD-Savannah tallied back-to-back goals to take a 12-6 lead. Newberry’s final goal of the afternoon came with 1:29 on the clock as Thomas scored off a free position for her third goal of the season.
Barlage and Allen tallied two goals each, while Baxtrom recorded the Wolves’ lone assist against the Bees. Sophomore Elise Sanchez caused a team-high five turnovers, while also nabbing four ground balls. Thomas also recorded four ground balls, while controlling a team-high three draws.
Newberry takes to the road Tuesday when the Wolves head to Due West for a 4 p.m. showdown with the Erskine Flying Fleet.