SHEPHERDSTOWN – It wasn’t the ending of the season that head coach Hannah Lively was hoping for her West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat lacrosse team Sunday in a Mountain East Conference road battle with the Shepherd Rams.
The Lady ‘Cats lost a 22-3 verdict to Shepherd closing out their regular season.
Wesleyan ended their season on a 10-game losing streak after opening the year with a 5-2 mark.
They ended their season with a 5-12 mark.
Wesleyan scored first on a short-handed goal by Madeline Gorzka with the assist going to Samantha Pappas just six minutes into the game.
Shepherd scored the next six before Madison Duvall answered for the Lady Bobcats with an unassisted goal at the 11:53 mark to make it a 6-2 game.
Shepherd scored the next five for an 11-2 advantage at the half.
The Lady Rams scored five straight to open the second half for a 16-2 lead.
Lovely Ordonez-Lopez scored a goal at the 115:25 mark to make it a 16-3 game.
Lindsay Penwell had the assist for Wesleyan.
Shepherd ended the game with six unanswered goals.
Wesleyan was outshot by a 53-9 margin.
The Lady Bobcats used three keepers in the game – Gabrielle Cleaveland, Samantha Mise and Faith Hammerbeck.
Cleaveland made the start and recorded eight saves in 23 minutes, Mise stopped 11 shots in 34 minutes and Hammerbeck didn’t record a save playing three minutes.
Sidney Kelly led Shepherd with four goals while Lilliam Funke tallied three.
Shepherd ended the regular season 8-2 in the MEC and 11-6 overall.
The MEC Tournament will get underway at UVa.-Wise on Friday with No. 1 seed UVa.-Wise facing No. 4 seed Charleston at 4 p.m. while No. 2 seed Shepherd will face No. 3 seed Wheeling Jesuit prior to that contest at 1 p.m.
The title game will be played Sunday at noon.
West Virginia Wesleyan 2 1 – 3
Shepherd 11 11 – 22
Goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Madison Duvall, 1 Lovely Ordonez-Lopez 1, Madeline Gorzka 1. Totals 3; Shepherd: Sidney Kelly 4, Lillian Funke 3, Madeline Soper, 2, Megan Dusci 2, Regan Brown 2, Jordan Sauro 2, Kira Barth 2, Lyric Conaway 1. Totals 22.
Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan – Samantha Pappas 1, Lindsay Penwell 1. Totals 2; Shepherd: Brown 4, Campbell 3, Kelly 2, Davila 1, Funke 1. Totals 11.
Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabrielle Cleaveland 8, Samantha Mise 11, Faith Hammerbeck 0. Totals: 19; Shepherd: Hailey Bennett: 2, Jordan Hardesty 0. Totals 2.
Shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: 9; Shepherd: 53.
Free Position Shots – West Virginia Wesleyan 0; Shepherd: 13.
Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan 27; Shepherd: 16.
Clears – West Virginia Wesleyan: 11-20; Shepherd: 15-18.
Ground Balls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 17; Shepherd: 28.
Draw Controls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 7; Shepherd: 9.