By Laura Tome
BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University women's lacrosse team struck first in the first three minutes and ended the half tied 2-2, but could not keep the visiting Monarchs away from the goal and lost, 8-5, Wednesday evening at The Fields in Buena Vista, Va.
Sophomore Zoe Bradshaw scored first off of a free position shot and tallied three ground balls during the game. The Monarchs scored midway through the first half and added a second net while Bradshaw was in the penalty box. Sophomore Rainey Whitworth netted her first of two goals with 1:35 left in the half to even the score at 2-2.
"I'm very happy with our overall performance being the first game of the season," said Southern Virginia head coach Jordan Sorensen. "I was pleased with our defensive effort in limiting their scoring opportunities. We need to clean up our transition game and win more ground balls, but I'm happy with the progress we're making as a team."
The Monarchs exploded right from the start of the second half, scoring four goals within the first five minutes. Senior Caroline Schroeder pulled through for the Knights as she made the first goal for Southern Virginia. Whitworth followed and netted her second goal with 8:24 remaining, but Methodist's Jessie Earp snuck in to score her third goal off of an assist from Cassie Walter soon afterward.
With 5:24 left in the game, Schroeder was fouled and scored on a free position attempt to cut the lead to two, but the Monarchs managed to score one last time to claim the 8-5 victory.
The Knights totaled nine ground balls, 18 shots and nine shots on goal and caused five turnovers. Freshman Kathryn Lyman spent 60 minutes in the goalie box and had nine saves for the night.
The Knights hit the road Saturday to face Hollins University. The first draw control is scheduled for 12 p.m. in Roanoke, Va.