The Georgia women’s club lacrosse team came into the day with a 2-0 record and a No. 1 national ranking in the LaxPower.com computer ratings. The Red and Black ladies followed up on their season-opening domination of No. 3 Georgia Tech and No. 9 Clemson with a 20-3 win over No. 23 Alabama at the intramural fields in Athens on Saturday.
The Bulldogs leapt out to an early lead on the visiting Crimson Tide, with junior attack Jenna Dreyer scoring two of the home team’s first three goals. Junior attack Parisa Ayers also notched an early score, as did senior attack Emma Goodnow on a free position shot after a pair of saves by freshman goalie Caroline Youngs, whose rookie campaign is off to a solid start. Although Alabama got on the board with a free position goal, the visiting club’s score was sandwiched between a left-handed goal by sophomore midfielder Arden Birdwell following a feed from Dreyer and a subsequent transition goal by senior attack Murphy Ferguson.
The upperclasswomen stationed at attack continued to provide goals and assists to help the Bulldogs build up a 10-1 halftime lead. The Tide scored to start the second half, but Dreyer, Birdwell, senior midfielder Candace Ellery, freshman midfielder Gaby Lohner, and Ferguson continued to pour it on, with senior midfielder Callie Wheatley, sophomore midfielder Mady Katz, and sophomore attack Dessa Dunn all carding assists in the course of another team effort resulting in a third straight double-digit win over an opponent currently ranked in the top 25 in the LaxPower.com computer ratings.
Meanwhile, in Nashville, the Georgia men’s club lacrosse team took on LaxPower.com No. 22 Vanderbilt, and a pair of Bulldog brothers, senior midfielder Conner Reed and sophomore attack Kyle Reed, staked the Red and Black to a 2-1 advantage with five minutes remaining in the first quarter. While two scores by the Commodores gave the home team a one-goal lead at the close of the opening period, Georgia tied the contest on a fast-break goal before going back out in front on an assist by junior midfielder George Walker and a score by junior attack Michael Trainer.
Vanderbilt battled back, taking a two-goal lead into intermission and extending its edge to 7-4 early in the second half before back-to-back Georgia scores cut the deficit to one. Two more for the ‘Dores gave the host club a 9-6 lead after three quarters, but an assist by junior face-off specialist Harrison Cassada and a goal by freshman attack Phil McCarthy closed the gap anew. Unfortunately, Vandy notched the afternoon’s final goal and went on to win by a 10-7 margin.
On Valentine’s Day weekend, both Georgia club lacrosse teams will be in California, with the men taking on No. 3 UC-Santa Barbara and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo next Friday and Saturday, and the women facing Colorado State, UC-Santa Barbara, BYU, and No. 4 Santa Clara in the Santa Barbara Shoot Out. In the meantime, the Bulldog gents will have a shot at the season’s first victory when they face SELC opponent Wake Forest in the Music City at noon tomorrow.
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