HICKORY, N.C. — The first ever South Atlantic Conference women’s lacrosse game in Newberry history was a seesaw battle as the Wolves came out on the low end of a 17-13 loss at Lenoir-Rhyne on Monday.
After the two teams exchanged early possession, the Bears (4-1, 1-0 SAC) opened the scoring on a free position opportunity with 27:12 remaining in the opening half. Three minutes after the Bears scored the opener, Newberry (0-6, 0-1 SAC) senior KerriAnn Barlage netted her first goal of the evening on a free position chance.
The Bears responded to Barlage’s goal with three goals to take a 4-1 lead. The lead soon turned to Newberry’s favor when Barlage scored a second goal. Sophomore Noelle Allen did not want to be left out of the scoring party and netted back-to-back goals off assists from fellow sophomores Jessica Baxtrom and Carly Marksberry.
Newberry snagged its only lead of the game when junior Tessa Davis scored an unassisted goal with 12:05 left in the period.L-R soon struck for three more goals to regain the lead at 7-5. The deficit shrunk to one on junior Victoria Thomas’ goal, which was assisted by senior Kayla Hopper.
The Bears continued to keep the Wolves an arms’ length away as Lenoir-Rhyne scored three goals in-a-row off the draw to gain a 10-6 advantage. With 1:52 remaining, Newberry scored the final goal of the opening period as redshirt-freshman Ajahna Grosvenor scored the first goal of her career off an assist from Davis.
The second period saw a quick Lenoir-Rhyne goal, followed by two goals from Barlage and another from Allen to make the score 11-10.
The one-point lead turned to two when L-R scored off the draw. The Wolves answered with a fourth goal from Allen before a couple more Lenoir-Rhyne goals pushed the score to 14-11.
With 15:14 remaining in regulation, Barlage struck for a fifth goal, soon followed by another Bears goal.
It was with 8:12 remaining in the second period that Barlage added her name to the assist column as she aided in Allen’s fifth goal of the evening.
The Bears added a pair of insurance goals after Allen’s fifth, allowing the clock to run out on a 17-13 Lenoir-Rhyne victory.
Allen and Thomas led Newberry with four ground balls each, while Barlage controlled a team-high four draws. Davis’ two assists led the Wolves, while Allen and Barlage finished with a game-high five goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Morgan Raffaele posted 11 saves between the pipes.
Newberry takes to Setzler Field for the first time this season on Wednesday, as the Wolves host Converse at 5 p.m.