By Luke Christiansen
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Coming off their first conference game of the season last Saturday, the Southern Virginia University women's lacrosse team fell, 17-6, to visiting Sweet Briar College Thursday evening at The Fields in Buena Vista, Va.
The Knights (1-4) came out strong, trailing only 2-1, but the Vixens (2-5) scored four unanswered goals to increase their advantage to 6-1 early in the first half.
Rainey Whitworth did her best to cut the lead, adding two goals in the first half, but the Knights were unable to keep pace. Sweet Briar added seven more goals, taking a 13-4 advantage into the half.
Southern Virginia struck first in the second half cutting the score to 13-5, but was unable to sustain the run. The Vixens added four goals before the final whistle while the Knights added one goal.
Sweet Briar outshot the Knights by a 36-15 ratio and won the ground ball battle, 21-19. The Knights earned nine of 25 draw controls with Schroeder and Whitworth earning four apiece.
Senior Caroline Schroeder and sophomore Rainey Whitworth scored two goals apiece to lead Southern Virginia on the night. Freshmen Ashley Ahlgren and Claire Houghtaling also contributed to the scoring with each notching their first career goals.
The Vixens' Allison Hassard and Kim Orchowski registered a game-high four goals for Sweet Briar while Reba Gagne added three goals. Emily Williams and Ashton Reid shared time in the goal with Williams receiving the win.
Kathryn Lyman (1-4) registered a game high 6 saves on the night as the goalkeeper for the Knights.
The Knights return to action against Capital Athletic Conference foe and defending national champion Salisbury University on March 22nd at 1:00 p.m. at Sea Gull Stadium in Salisbury, Md.