Georgia Women's Club Lacrosse Team Takes Two on Saturday ------<#)

On the second day of the Mile High Invitational in Boulder, Colo., the tenth-ranked Georgia women’s club lacrosse team took on two comers, dispatching them both, while the Bulldog men’s squad faced an unbeaten league rival closer to home on Saturday, coming up just short.

The Red and Black ladies opened the day with an outing against the 15th-ranked Maize and Blue. Senior midfielder Callie Wheatley gave the Bulldogs the initial lead with a free position shot, but the Wolverines notched the next two goals before senior attack Murphy Ferguson scored a left-hander to knot it up with ten minutes remaining in the half. After Michigan went back out in front, freshman attack Maddie Hunter fed sophomore midfielder Mady Katz for the tying score. Junior attack Parisa Ayers thereafter made it a 4-3 game for the Athenians at the break.

The Wolverines opened the second half with consecutive goals before Ferguson snarled the score at five per side and Ayers fired high into the net to put Georgia ahead, 6-5. Though the battle of saves and turnovers persisted, Ferguson connected with Katz to give Georgia a two-goal lead. Following a flurry of yellow cards, Michigan scored twice to even up the tally. Ferguson found twine with 56 seconds left to secure an 8-7 win for the Red and Black.

After the early thriller, the Georgia ladies were back in action against UC Davis in the afternoon. Ferguson carded the opening goal of the outing, and a subsequent score by freshman midfielder Nilla Paine was disallowed because she was fouled. Ayers assisted first Ferguson, then junior attack Jenna Dreyer, on the Bulldogs’ ensuing goals to make it 3-1 for the Athenians. Junior midfielder Morgan Shumate found fellow junior midfielder Katie Ezell for the three-score advantage before Ferguson notched the hat trick.

A southpaw goal by sophomore midfielder Arden Birdwell put the Bulldogs ahead of the Aggies, 6-1, en route to a 9-2 halftime edge. Georgia continued to dominate, pushing the lead to 12-3 when Birdwell fed Ferguson with a pass across the crease. Another Birdwell assist, this time to Wheatley from behind the goal, made it a 13-5 contest for the Red and Black, then the sophomore middie scored another left-hander to stretch the Athenians’ advantage to 14-6. Paine closed out the scoring by receiving a pass at midfield and sprinting to paydirt to give Georgia the 15-7 victory.

Inclement weather moved the Red and Black gents’ game to Duluth, where little home field advantage was apparent at the outset. Not quite eight minutes remained in the first quarter when No. 15 Florida State went up by three goals, and the Seminoles maintained their lead, despite scores by junior midfielder George Walker to pull within 8-2 and 9-3, with the latter goal coming inside the seven-minute mark of the third period. The Bulldogs fought back valiantly, cutting the deficit to 11-9 on an unassisted goal by junior faceoff specialist Harrison Cassada with 182 seconds to play, but the Tribe held on to remain undefeated.

The Georgia women’s club lacrosse team will close out its Rocky Mountain road swing by taking on Texas tomorrow morning, while the Red and Black men’s squad will meet Georgia Tech at Pope High School in Marietta on Saturday, April 12. In the meantime, lacrosse fans may enjoy an ESPNU documentary on America’s first sport.

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