NEW WILMINGTON (Pa.) – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat lacrosse team opened their season on the road with a pair of non-conference games at Alderson Broaddus this past Wednesday and Westminster College this past Saturday.
Wesleyan dropped a 16-5 decision to Alderson Broaddus and were narrowly defeated by Westminster by a 13-10 score.
Against Alderson Broaddus, the Battlers went up by a 2-0 score but Wesleyan came back to even the score at 2-2 after Victoria Sisson scored consecutive goals.
Alderson Broaddus scored the next five goals for a 7-2 lead before former Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneer Iris Kolenich ended the run with an unassisted goal making it a 7-3 contest with 6:54 left in the first half.
Alderson Broaddus closed out the half with a pair of goals taking a 9-3 lead at the break.
The Battlers scored seven straight for a 16-3 lead to start the second half.
Wesleyan ended the contest with a pair of goals from Lovely Lopez.
Jenna Poling had an assist on the first Lopez goal while Madeline Gorzka had the assist on the second Lopez goal.
Wesleyan was outshot by a 40-9 margin.
Wesleyan keeper Gabrielle Cleaveland made six saves.
The Westminster contest was a much closer affair for the Lady Bobcats.
Wesleyan was down by a 5-2 score with 17:55 left in the first half when Lauren Bolen and Sisson both came up with unassisted goals to make it a 5-4 contest.
Westminster ended the half with two goals for a 7-4 lead at the intermission.
Bria Braddock scored the first goal of the second half for Westminster but Wesleyan answered with a pair of goals by Lovely to close it to an 8-6 contest with 26:16 remaining in the game.
Following a goal by Westminster’s Ava Krensky, Wesleyan scored two more in a row with Gorzka and Sisson finding the back of the net closing the deficit to just one, at 9-8, with 11:24 left.
Krenskey and Gorzka traded goals over a 12 second period as Wesleyan still trailed by one, at 10-9, with 9:44 remaining.
Braddock scored two straight goals for Westminster pushing their lead to three, at 12-9, with 4:33 left in the contest.
Rebecca Thompson scored for Wesleyan at the 3:42 mark with the assist going to Gorzka making it a 12-10 game but the Lady Bobcats couldn’t get any closer as Braddock iced the game away for Westminster with a goal with three minutes remaining.
Wesleyan was outshot by a 33-24 margin.
Cleaveland made nine saves in net for Wesleyan.
Wesleyan will be back in action this Saturday when they visit Edinboro for a non-conference clash at 1 p.m.
West Virginia Wesleyan 3 2 – 5
Alderson Broaddus 9 7 – 16
Goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Lovely Lopez 2; Victoria Sisson 2; Iris Kolenich 1. Totals 5; Alderson Broaddus: Bailey Fedun 7; Brooke Dinehart 3; Taheera Rodgers 3; Leslie Diaz 2; Patrica Chavira 1. Totals 16.
Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Madeline Gorzka 2; Jenna Poling 1. Totals 3; Alderson Broaddus
Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabrielle Cleaveland 6; Alderson Broaddus: Camille Davenport 2.
Shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: 9; Alderson Broaddus: 40.
Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 20; Alderson Broaddus: 16.
Clears – West Virginia Wesleyan: 13-20; Alderson Broaddus: 9-11.
Ground Balls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 9; Alderson Broaddus: 18.
Draw Controls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 5; Alderson Broaddus: 18.
West Virginia Wesleyan 4 6 – 10
Westminster 7 6 – 13
Goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Victoria Sisson 3; Lovely Lopez 2; Madeline Gorzka 2; Rebecca Thompson 2; Lauren Bolen 1. Totals 10; Westminster: Bria Braddock 8; Ava Krensky 4; Michaela Hyas 1. Totals 13.
Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Iris Kolenich 1; Madeline Gorzka 1. Totals 2; Westminster: Stephanie Cimini 1. Totals 1.
Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabrielle Cleaveland 9; Westminster: Emma Bradley 9.
Shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: 24; Westminster: 33.
Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 31; Westminster: 29.
Clears – West Virginia Wesleyan: 16-25; Westminster: 17-21.
Ground Balls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 25; Westminster: 35.
Draw Controls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 10; Westminster 14.