ROME, Ga. — Newberry junior Tessa Davis led the Wolves with three goals as Newberry fell 13-10 to the Shorter Hawks at Ben Brady Field on Friday afternoon.
The Wolves (0-3) jumped out to an early lead as senior KerriAnn Barlage scored a free position goal less than four minutes into the game. The Hawks (3-3) recovered with a goal, before Barlage struck for her second goal of the day with 23:56 remaining in the first half.
Shorter netted back-to-back goals to take a 3-2 lead before junior Victoria Thomas scored her first goal of the season to knot the game back up at 3-3. Sophomore Noelle Allen gave the Wolves a short lived lead with free position goal before Shorter again struck for back-to-back scores.
With 5:41 remaining in the first period, sophomore Carly Marksberry tied the game at 5-5, but the final two minutes of the period swung Shorter’s way as the Hawks scored twice to head to halftime with a 7-5 advantage.
The second period opened with a three-goal swing by the Hawks as Shorter increased its advantage to 10-5. Davis pulled the Wolves within four, but two-straight Hawks goals pushed the game to a six-goal differential.
With 12:33 left in the game, Davis struck for the second time in the game with a free position shot, but just over a minute later Shorter scored to push the lead to 13-7.
The two teams were unable to find the net again until the final three minutes of the game, when with 2:33 left Davis scored a man-up goal, followed by a free position goal by Baxtrom as the score moved to 13-9 in Shorter’s advantage.
Newberry looked for a few late goals, but Marksberry’s second goal of the game came with only 35 seconds left and time soon expired on Newberry’s comeback.
The Wolves were led offensively by Davis’ three goals, while sophomore Jessica Baxtrom notched a pair of assists. Thomas and Davis each picked up four ground balls, while Thomas controlled six draws at the circle.
Sophomore goalkeeper Morgan Raffaele recorded seven saves in the loss.
The Wolves next play on March 4 in Tampa, Fla., against the Tampa Spartans at 4 p.m.