Georgia Women's Lacrosse Team Completes 4-0 Run Through Santa Barbara Shootout

Yes, these are members of the Georgia men's lacrosse team, but I don't have any pictures of the women's lacrosse team. (Photo credit: Dave Nuckolls.)

The Georgia women's lacrosse team played its fourth and final game in the Santa Barbara Shootout on Sunday, and the Bulldogs completed the sweep in the WCLA tournament with a 13-6 victory over the Virginia Cavaliers.

In the Golden State on Sunday afternoon, the Georgia women’s lacrosse team squared off against Virginia in the hope of concluding an undefeated run through the Santa Barbara Shootout. In another clash between two top ten teams, the Red and Black ladies improved to 6-0.

The game started well for Georgia with a save by senior goalie Emily Seidel and a score by sophomore midfielder Katie Ezell. The Cavaliers responded with a goal of their own to tie the tally, followed by a pair of free position shots to go out in front, 3-1. Sophomore attacker Parisa Ayers scored on the rebound to cut the Bulldogs’ deficit to one. Virginia added another goal, but sophomore midfielder Morgan Shumate scooped up a ground ball and carded an assist on a transition goal by sophomore attacker Jenna Dreyer.

Following another Seidel save, junior midfielder Lindsay Brinker, who earlier had drawn a yellow card, left the game with an apparent knee injury shortly before halftime. The Wahoos led, 4-3, at the break, but Seidel registered another stop on a free position shot early in the second half to set the stage for Dreyer to snarl the score at four. Junior attacker Emma Goodnow notched back-to-back goals to put Georgia up by two, then an exchange of free position shots left the Red and Black in the lead by a 7-5 margin.

Junior midfielder Callie Wheatley scored twice, with a Goodnow goal sandwiched in between, leaving the Bulldogs out in front, 10-5. The Cavaliers scored to cut the margin to four, but sophomore midfielder Wallace Morgan made good on a free position shot to give Georgia a five-goal edge with five minutes to go. A yellow card on the Virginia goalie gave Dreyer the opportunity to score on an open net. Seidel proved she had another save left in her, and Shumate carded the final goal to make the final score 13-6 in favor of the good gals.

The Georgia women’s lacrosse team is off to a very strong start, and the future appears bright, in light of the contributions of so many sophomores to today’s victory. The Bulldogs will take a well-deserved break upon their return from California, and they will next be in action against Clemson on March 1.

Naturally, our best wishes go out to Lindsay Brinker for a speedy and complete recovery.

Go ‘Dawgs!

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