NEWBERRY — A trio of goals by freshman Noelle Allen was not enough for the Newberry women’s lacrosse team as the Wolves fell 9-8 to the Catawba Lady Indians on Saturday afternoon at Setzler Field.
Catawba (2-5) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half as the Wolves (4-5) tallied their first goal of the afternoon with less than seven minutes remaining in the opening period on a goal by sophomore Megan Kenny off an assist from junior Kerri Ann Barlage.
The final six minutes of the first half was uneventful as neither team was able to get a real look at goal as the two teams combined for four shots in that time frame.
The second half started out much different from the opening period as a ground ball pickup by junior Kristin Balish resulted in a successful Newberry clearance attempt before the ball wound up in the possession of Barlage. Barlage streaked toward goal and scored her 21st goal of the season to bring the Wolves within one of the Lady Indians.
Catawba answered back quickly, before pushing its lead even further on a second straight Lady Indians strike as Catawba held a 5-2 lead with 24:05 remaining in regulation. After Catawba controlled the following draw, Allen caused a Lady Indians turnover and recovered the ground ball. After completing the clear attempt, the Wolves saw freshman Jessica Baxtrom draw a foul to set-up a free position goal as Baxtrom converted from the hash.
Newberry again struck with 21:53 remaining after freshman Carly Marksberry notched her lone goal of the afternoon, bringing her season total to 15. Less than 10 seconds after Marksberry’s tally, Catawba once again saw its lead reach two goals as Alyssa Corace netted a goal off an assist from Ebony Mills.
Newberry corralled the following draw and after a shot by Barlage missed high, again saw Baxtrom draw a free position chance. For the second time, Baxtrom struck from the hash to cut the Catawba lead to 6-5.
Following a Catawba turnover with 20 minutes remaining, Allen grabbed a pass from sophomore Tessa Davis and netted her first goal of the afternoon tying the game at 6-6.
Catawba promptly called a timeout following Allen’s goal, and came out of the stoppage with back-to-back goals to extend its lead to 8-6.
Following Catawba’s cue, the Wolves took a timeout of their own before Allen struck for back-to-back free position goals to knot the game at 8-8.
Newberry was unable to stop Catawba’s next attack as a man-up free position goal by Mills with 8:20 remaining proved to be the game winner.
The Wolves outdid the Lady Indians in draw controls 10-9 and ground balls 22-11.
Allen led the Wolves with three goals, while Davis and Barlage each recorded one assist on the afternoon. Barlage led the Wolves with four draw controls and four caused turnovers, while also posting a seven ground ball day. Barlage’s seven ground balls are tied for second most in a game by a Newberry player and tied for the most by a Newberry field player.
Newberry returns to action on Tuesday as the Wolves host No. 12 Lock Haven at 4 p.m.