CARNESVILLE, Ga. — On a soggy and muddy field at Rocky Ford Park, the Newberry women’s lacrosse team found its footing against the Emmanuel Lions, picking up a 19-7 victory with the aid of a six-goal performance from junior Kerri Ann Barlage.
Newberry (1-2) fell behind initially as the Lions (0-3) controlled the opening draw and after threatening to score once, found the back of the net on the second opportunity to take a 1-0 lead 40 seconds into the game.
Barlage and the Wolves answered quickly as sophomore Victoria Thomas controlled the ensuing draw for Newberry. After running a minute off the clock, the Wolves struck as freshman Carly Marksberry set-up Barlage’s first goal of the afternoon.
Neither team was able to get anything going on the offensive end as eight minutes ran off the clock before the Wolves scored their second goal of the day. With 20:30 remaining in the opening period, Marksberry again found Barlage to put Newberry ahead 2-1. Off the very next draw it was Barlage who lent a helping hand as she assisted on freshman Noelle Allen’s third goal of her collegiate career.
Up 3-1, the Wolves did not let up on the Lions as two minutes later, Barlage scored on her own for her third goal of the game. Emmanuel struck back a minute later to cut Newberry’s lead to 4-2.
With 12:35 remaining the first half, sophomore Elise Sanchez knocked in a loose ball in front of the goal for her first goal of the season. Barlage struck again with 10:12 remaining on an unassisted goal, before with 6:12 left in the half the Lions scored their third of the afternoon.
Newberry’s seventh goal came from a free position attempt as freshman Jessica Baxtrom beat the Emmanuel goalkeeper for her first career score. The draw control after Baxtrom’s goal landed in the possession of Sanchez, who sped down the field to score her second goal of the game. Up 7-2 with 4:23 to go in the first half, Newberry netted two more quick goals as Barlage scored again, before sophomore Tessa Davis netted her first goal of the afternoon.
With 3:10 remaining in the first half, Emmanuel scored the final goal of the half to take the teams to the break with Newberry ahead 10-4.
The second half started slow for both teams, before the Wolves picked up the pace about six minutes into the period when Marksberry picked up an assist on Baxtrom’s second goal of the game. Marksberry’s distribution was not done when she assisted less than 155 seconds later on Sanchez’s third of the game.
Newberry extended its lead with 18:34 on the clock as Thomas netted her first of the day off an assist from Baxtrom. After an Emmanuel timeout followed the Thomas goal, Davis tallied her second of the day off an assist from Sanchez. Emmanuel answered with 16:29 on the clock to make the score 14-5, and soon made it 14-6 on a free position goal with 15:38 remaining.
Newberry answered Emmanuel’s strike less than a minute later when Thomas scored her second of the day off another Marksberry assist. With 11:14 to go, Emmanuel scored once again, only to have Baxtrom score her third of the game 16 seconds later to put Newberry ahead 16-7.
The Wolves found the back of the net three more times in the final ten minutes, first when Barlage scored a man-up goal off a free position opportunity for what would be her eighth goal of the season. Davis netted her fourth of the year a couple minutes later, only to be followed to the scoring column by Marksberry who scored with 4:59 remaining off an assist from Baxtrom.
Barlage’s six goals is the second best single game performance in the Wolves’ short existence, while Marksberry’s five assists is the first multi-assist performance by a Newberry lacrosse player. Sanchez, Baxtrom and Davis all recorded hat tricks, while Thomas was the Wolves’ final multi-goal scorer. Barlage and Sanchez led the Wolves with four ground balls, while Thomas led with six controlled draws.
Newberry returns home to Setzler Field on Saturday as the Wolves host SCAD-Savannah at 2 p.m.