The women’s lacrosse team won its first game of the season 17-14 at East Carolina on Thursday, March 1, before losing an overtime game 12-13 at home against Saint Francis on Sunday.
Led by freshman Siena Gore, the Owls marched into Greeneville, North Carolina, and came from behind to earn the victory over the Pirates. Trailing by one goal at the half, the Owls fought hard but remained behind for a while, at one time being down 10-8. It was then that they scored four straight goals to take a decisive lead in the game.
Siena Gore, along with sophomore Izzy Palermo, had career-high scoring totals in the game with six and four goals each. Siena Gore has been the Owls’ leading scorer in every game this season, and freshman Marissa Gore scored her first career goal for the Owls in their team-high 17-goal performance.
Sunday’s game offered a chance for the Owls to win in front of their home crowd for the first time all season. Both teams started the first half scoring nine goals, leaving the game deadlocked going into the half. Siena Gore once again starred in the game, scoring five goals and fueling the team’s momentum.
The second half saw a defensive battle in which the Owls had a brief lead that they could not keep. Siena Gore contributed on the defensive end of the field, causing a career-high five turnovers in the game. For 14 minutes, the game remained tied and was forced into a sudden-death overtime.
After playing for two and half hours, the Owls finally relented to the Red Flash, allowing a goal well into the extra period.
The lacrosse team is set to play a pair of weekend games at Fifth Third Bank Stadium, facing off against Winthrop on Saturday, March 10, and Quinnipiac on Sunday.