CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Wesleyan lacrosse team ran into some tough times on their southern swing portion of their Mountain East Conference schedule this past weekend.
The Lady Bobcats visited UVa.-Wise on Friday and dropped an 18-1 decision and followed that up with an 18-9 setback on the road at the University of Charleston.
The two losses put the Lady Bobcats on a four-game slide and left them with a 5-6 record overall and a 0-4 ledger in the MEC.
In Friday’s action against UVa.-Wise, the Cavaliers scored 12 unanswered before Madison Duvall scored the lone goal of the game for Wesleyan at the 9:25 mark of the first half.
UVa.-Wise led at the break, 13-1.
The hostesses scored five more times in the second half for the 18-1 victory.
Wesleyan was outshot by a 32-11 margin but held a slim margin in the turnover category by a 19-17 count.
Sunday’s affair with Charleston started out well enough as Duvall scored two goals to give Wesleyan a 2-0 lead with 13:21 gone in the first half.
Charleston scored three straight goals for a 3-2 lead, but Lovley Ordonez-Lopez scored with the assist going to Victoria Sisson and Madeline Gorzka and Duvall each scored to give Wesleyan a 5-3 lead.
Wesleyan let Charleston score a late first-half goal with 11 seconds remaining to make it a 5-4 contest at the intermission.
Peyton Harris scored the first goal of the second half for Charleston deadlocking the game at 5-5, but Lauren Bolen and Gorzka each tallied unassisted goals for Wesleyan to return the lead back to the Lady Bobcats, at 7-5, with four minutes gone in the final period.
Charleston took control of the game after that scoring 11 straight goals during the next 20 minutes of the game for a 16-7 lead.
Bolen interrupted the Charleston run with an unassisted goal at the 5:53 mark, but Charleston scored 90 seconds later to make it a 17-8 game.
Haley McGuffin scored the final Wesleyan goal with 1:28 left and Amberyln Casas scored the final tally for Charleston with 57 seconds left.
Charleston outshot Wesleyan by a 36-20 margin.
Wesleyan was guilty of 15 turnovers while Charleston committed 11.
Wesleyan will have time to regroup as they play again this Sunday when they host Shepherd in a MEC contest at 1 p.m. at Ross Field.
West Virginia Wesleyan 1 0 – 1
UVa.-Wise 13 5 – 18
Goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Madison Duval 1. Totals 1; UVa.-Wise: Kristin Gobbi 3, Ellie Earnshaw 3, Caroline Earnshaw 3, MaKayla Grasham 3, Jesse French 1, Ashley Wells 1, Katie Allen 1, Sydney Steinberg 1, Abby Willis 1, Riley Fenster 1.
Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: None; UVa.-Wise: Sydney Steinberg 2, Ashley Wells 1, Kristin Gobbi 1, Caroline Earnshaw 1, Charlotte Hess 1, McKayla Grasham 1, Katie Allen, Samantha Hill 1. Totals 9.
Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan: Samantha Wise 4, Faith Hammerbeck 6. Totals 10; UVa.-Wise: Elsa Girado 1. Totals 1.
Shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: 11; UVa.-Wise: 32.
Free Position Shots – West Virginia Wesleyan 1: UVa.-Wise 8.
Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 17; UVa.-Wise: 19.
Clears – West Virginia Wesleyan: 10-20; UVa.-Wise: 11-13
Ground balls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 18; UVa.-Wise: 23.
Draw Controls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 6; UVa.-Wise: 15.
West Virginia Wesleyan 5 4 — 9
Charleston 4 14 – 18
Goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Madison Duvall 3, Lauren Bolen 2, Madeline Gorzka 2, Lovely Ordonez-Lopez 1, Haley McGuffin 1. Totals 9; Charleston: Aryanna Jones 5, Brianna Rock 3, Samantha Youngman 3, Emma Renda, 3, Peyton Harris 2, Amberlyn Casas 1, Isabelle Pisani 1. Totals 18.
Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Victoria Sisson 1. Totals 1; Charleston: Brianna Rock 3, Isabelle Pisani 2, Emma Renda 2. Totals 7.
Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabrielle Cleaveland 11. Totals 11; Charleston: Kyra Tye: 9. Totals 9.
Shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: 20; Charleston: 36.
Free Position Shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: 6; Charleston: 6.
Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 15; Charleston: 11.
Clears – West Virginia Wesleyan: 8-17; Charleston: 11-13.
Ground balls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 15; Charleston: 23.
Draw Controls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 15; Charleston: 13.