Beautiful day in Boulder Colorado with the Flatiron Mountains in the background pic.twitter.com/aXhEajIuUT— UGA Women's Lacrosse (@UGAWomensLax) March 28, 2014
In Boulder for the Mile High Invitational, the twelfth-ranked Georgia women’s club lacrosse team got the weekend tournament underway with two games on Friday, squaring off with No. 4 Ohio State on the University of Colorado’s Kittredge Turf Field before taking on No. 18 Brigham Young on Franklin Grass Field, in the shadow of the Buffaloes’ Folsom Field. The Athenians went 1-1 for the day, dropping a decision to the Buckeyes before finishing the evening with a victory over the Cougars.
Thanks to saves and turnovers, more than ten minutes passed in the opening outing before junior attack Jenna Dreyer staked the Red and Black to a 1-0 advantage on a free position shot. Sophomore midfielder Arden Birdwell, senior attack Murphy Ferguson, and senior midfielder Candace Ellery contributed consecutive goals to give the Athenians a 4-1 lead, but a late flurry by the Buckeyes sent the contest to intermission snarled at 5-5.
Ohio State went up by one early in the second half, and, although both goalies continued to play well, the Big Ten women took a 7-5 advantage into the final three minutes of regulation. Birdwell rolled from the right to toss in a left-handed goal before Dreyer knotted the score anew with 53 seconds remaining. A steal by freshman attack Maddie Hunter preserved the tie to send the game to overtime, where each team scored once to force double-overtime. Unfortunately, Ohio State scored in the second extra period to give the Buckeyes a 9-8 victory over the Bulldogs.
Folsom Field pic.twitter.com/J6mzjR9AOv— UGA Women's Lacrosse (@UGAWomensLax) March 28, 2014
Unfazed, the Red and Black got off to a fast start in their second outing against BYU. Looking to avenge the Bulldogs’ February 15 loss to the Cougars, Dreyer first fed Ferguson, then Ferguson later fed senior midfielder Callie Wheatley, to put Georgia up, 2-0, in the early going. Amid numerous saves and foiled free position shots, Ellery found the back of the net to make it 3-1, then Dreyer and junior attack Parisa Ayers poured in two more to put the Athenians out in front by four. Brigham Young pulled to within two before Ferguson and Dreyer scored to give the Athenians a 7-3 halftime lead.
Senior attack Emma Goodnow kept the good times rolling in the second half, receiving a pass from behind the goal by Ayers to notch another score, and the two teams traded turnovers and takeaways until Dreyer rolled from the left, pivoted back, and found twine to push the Bulldogs’ edge to six. The Cougars narrowed the gap to 9-4, but a series of several steals and successive saves by freshman goalie Caroline Youngs kept the margin unchanged as the clock ticked down to the ten-minute mark, when BYU scored again to pull within four of Georgia.
The Cougars were successful on one of their ensuing two free position shots to make it a 9-6 game, but Ferguson found the back of the net with fewer than four minutes to play, enabling the Bulldogs to play keep away to milk the clock until a 10-6 triumph was in the books for the Red and Black, who will return to action against tenth-ranked Michigan tomorrow morning.
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