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Georgia Club Lacrosse Teams Go 3-1 on Road Over Weekend

After a spring break layoff, the Georgia men’s and women’s club lacrosse teams both took the field twice this weekend, with all four games being played on the road. The male Bulldogs were in action in Blacksburg against Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech, whereas the female Athenians squared off with Kennesaw State and South Carolina in Columbia. Though the weekend ended on a negative note, the Classic City Canines emerged victorious in three of their four outings.

Against Pittsburgh on Friday evening, the Georgia gentlemen were tied with the Panthers, 3-3, at the end of the opening period, but a pair of second-quarter goals enabled the Bulldogs to head to halftime leading by two. In the third stanza, back-to-back Red and Black scores were answered by a couple from Pitt, but the Classic City Canines responded with another goal to send the contest to the final frame with the Athenians holding an 8-5 edge.

Two more by Georgia early in the fourth quarter put the Bulldogs ahead by five, but Pittsburgh proceeded to go on a 5-1 run to narrow the gap to a single score with 19 seconds showing on the scoreboard. The Red and Black held on to take an 11-10 victory and notch the season’s first win over a team from another region.

Ere we turn to yesterday’s action, I include as a sorbet to cleanse the palate the following video of Superman with a GoPro:

The Georgia ladies played a doubleheader in the Palmetto State on Saturday, starting with a laugher against overmatched Kennesaw State. The Bulldogs took the lead within the first 30 seconds of the contest and never looked back, as junior attack Jenna Dreyer scored the Athenians’ next four goals and senior midfielder Candace Ellery tacked on two more en route to a 12-1 halftime lead. The Red and Black cruised to a 19-goal victory over the Owls.

The Georgia women faced much tougher sledding against the hometown team, however. Senior midfielder Lindsay Brinker scored a free position goal to give the Bulldogs the early advantage, but the Gamecocks answered to knot the tally at one apiece. Despite misses and saves on both sides, the visitors built up a lead, stretching it to 6-2 on an assist by junior attack Parisa Ayers and a goal by junior midfielder Katie Ezell. Following a yellow card on South Carolina resulting from a hit to senior midfielder Callie Wheatley’s head, the contest proceeded to intermission with the Red and Black up, 7-3.

The two teams alternated goals early in the second half until the Garnet and Black went on a 3-0 run to trim the Bulldogs’ lead to 9-8. A goal by Brinker and a pair of saves by freshman goalie Caroline Youngs put Georgia out in front by two until the Gamecocks again scored three in a row to pull ahead, 11-10. Senior attack Murphy Ferguson found the back of the net to snarl the score once more, then Ayers reclaimed the lead for the Athenians. An exchange of goals and a Dreyer free position shot put the visitors up by two, and, although South Carolina put the outing’s final tick on the scoreboard, the Bulldogs escaped Columbia with a 14-13 triumph.

Unfortunately, Georgia lacrosse’s weekend of good feelings came to a close earlier today on a cold and rainy afternoon in the Old Dominion, as the Bulldog men’s five-game winning streak was snapped by VPI. The hometown Hokies held a 3-1 advantage at the end of the opening period, but the Red and Black pulled within one of the Gobblers on a goal by freshman attack Phil McCarthy off of an assist by sophomore midfielder D.J. Nuckolls. Virginia Tech then proceeded to score three straight to take a 6-2 edge into the break.

A minute into the third quarter, junior attack Michael Trainer sent a bounce pass to junior midfielder George Walker, who found twine to cut the host squad’s lead to three. The Hokies proceeded to score four in the penultimate period, followed by three more in the final stanza to card a 13-3 victory over the Athenians in a flag-filled outing made sloppy by the weather. VPI attack Alex Clough scored three goals and notched three assists, while Gobbler goalie Bryan Cooper saved five of the six shots fired by the Bulldogs while he was in the cage.

Both Georgia club teams will return to the field next weekend, when the women’s lacrosse team will be Boulder, Colo., for the Mile High Tournament and the men’s lacrosse team will host Florida State in Athens on Saturday, March 29.

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