NEWBERRY — The Newberry women’s lacrosse team (3-3, 0-1 SAC) dropped their first conference game of the 2017 season on Saturday afternoon falling to Lincoln Memorial (1-2, 1-0 SAC) by a final 15-9 at Setzler Field.
Despite being outshot by the Railsplitters 41-22, the Wolves created a comeback bringing themselves to within four goals in the second half.
After trailing 10-3 at the break, Newberry went back-to-back to open up the second half on goals from Naomi Killian and Rachel Dillon.
Casey Kelly of Lincoln Memorial followed up with a goal to push the advantage to six, however, the Wolves answered with another pair of goals to close the gap.
Maddie Campbell netted her 10th goal of the season, then Alexis Kahler found Helen Kuhn just 18 seconds later, putting the game at 11-7 with 17:48 left to play.
The Lady Railsplitters responded with three straight goals preventing a second half comeback by the Wolves to earn their first win of the season.
Shannon Novak, the last line of defense for Lincoln Memorial, recorded three of her eight saves to open up the second period in a 51-second span, keeping the Wolves at bay until breaking loose for six second-half goals.
Dillon tallied three goals on the day to push her season total to 18, putting the sophomore out of Chesapeake Beach, Md., at second in the South Atlantic Conference.
Killian and Kuhn recorded two goals and an assist each for the Wolves.
Newberry goalkeeper Brandy Bowman kept her team in the game stopping a career-high 19 shots. Bowman leads the South Atlantic Conference with 72 saves so far this season, 26 more than the next closest net minder in the league.
Kennedy Buechner and Kelly recorded four goals apiece for Lincoln Memorial.
The Wolves will return to Setzler field on March 7 when they host UVa-Wise. Game time is set for 2 p.m.