Wesleyan lacrosse team falls to Notre Dame and Wheeling Jesuit in conference play


WHEELING – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat lacrosse team was competitive in a pair of Mountain East Conference road games last weekend, but still couldn’t get that elusive victory.

The Lady ‘Cats dropped an 18-13 verdict to Notre Dame on Friday and then went to Wheeling on Sunday and lost a 17-14 decision.

The losing streak now for the Lady ‘Cats has reached seven games as they now own a 5-9 record overall and a 0-7 MEC record.

Against Notre Dame, the Falcons took an early 2-0 lead but Madeline Gorzka put Wesleyan on the board at the 25:41 mark and Madison Duvall scored two minutes later to make it a 2-2 game.

Notre Dame scored two more for a 4-2 lead but Wesleyan’s Samantha Pappas tallied a goal at the 14-minute mark to close the gap to one.

Notre Dame scored four of the next five goals to grab an 8-4 lead.

Wesleyan ended the half with two goals as Lovely Ordonez-Lopez and Duvall found the back of the net to make it an 8-6 contest at the intermission.

A pair of goals by Lauren Bolen and Pappas tied the game for Wesleyan at 8-8 but Notre Dame scored six unanswered to a 14-8 advantage.

Notre Dame extended their lead to 18-11 before the ‘Cats scored two goals in the final 35 seconds of the game.

Duvall led the Lady ‘Cat offense with four goals while Ordonez-Lopez tallied three.

Gabrielle Cleaveland made 10 stops for Wesleyan while Samantha Mise made two for the Lady ‘Cats.

In Sunday’s action, Wesleyan was down 1-0 before scoring three straight when Duvall scored twice and Victoria Sisson had a goal to give the Lady ‘Cats a 3-1 lead.

Wheeling Jesuit tied it at 4-4 but Duvall scored twice to give the lead back to Wesleyan at 6-4.

Wesleyan took a 7-6 lead into the break.

Wheeling Jesuit scored three straight to start the second half for a 9-7 advantage before Penwell interrupted the run with a goal at the 20:33 mark to make it a 9-8 game.

Wheeling Jesuit scored five of the next six goals to take a 14-9 lead with 12:29 left in the game.

Wesleyan answered with three straight when Penwell, Sisson and Duvall scored to close it to 14-12 with 7:55 remaining.

Wheeling Jesuit responded with three straight to extend their lead to 17-12 with 4:22 left.

Wesleyan closed the game with goals by Haley McGuffin and Duval.

Duvall had a team-high seven goals while Penwell had four.

Cleaveland made nine saves for Wesleyan.

The Lady ‘Cats will return to action Thursday at home when they face UVa.-Wise at 3 p.m. in a MEC clash.

The boxscores:

West Virginia Wesleyan                                                                6  7 – 13

Notre Dame                                                                                  8  10 – 18

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Madison Duvall 4, Lovely Ordonez-Lopez 3, Samantha Pappas 2, Lauren Bolen 1, Savannah Randolph 1, Haley McGuffin 1, Madeline Gorzka 1. Totals 13; Notre Dame: Leslie Diaz 3, Abigail Plewes 3, Taylor Henderson 3, Katie Wendell 2, Blaike Windsor 2, Selena Carter 1, Delaney Reardon 1. Totals 18.

Assists – West Virginia: Lindsay Penwell 3, Samantha Pappas 2, Madison Duvall 1. Totals 6; Notre Dame: Danyelle Hardy 3, Taylor Henderson 3, Leslie Diaz 1, Selena Carter 1. Totals 8.

Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabrielle Cleaveland 10, Samantha Mise 2. Totals 12; Notre Dame: Ellejanna Cicione 7. Totals 7.

TEAM STATISTICS

Shots – West Virginia Wesleyan 25; Notre Dame 49.

Free Position Shots – West Virginia Wesleyan 1; Notre Dame 12.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan 18, Notre Dame 11.

Clears – West Virginia Wesleyan 12-19; Notre Dame 15-18.

Ground Balls – West Virginia Wesleyan 11; Notre Dame 22.

Draw Controls – West Virginia Wesleyan 16; Notre Dame 14.

West Virginia Wesleyan                                                               7  7 – 14

Wheeling Jesuit                                                                           6  11 – 17

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Madison Duvall 7, Lindsay Penwell 4, Victoria Sisson 2, Haley McGuffin 1. Totals 14; Wheeling Jesuit: Mackenzie Kaderabek 7, Paige Orbell 5, Ally Coggins 2, Bethany Wallingford 1, Taylor Booth 1, Kate Calder 1. Totals 17.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Duvall 2, Lovely Ordonez-Lopez 2, Samantha Pappas 1, Madeline Gorzka 1. Totals 6; Wheeling Jesuit: Ally Coggins 3, Paige Orbell 2, Bethany Wallingford 1, Kate Calder 1. Totals 7.

Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan 9. Totals 9; Wheeling Jesuit: Emma Stair 7. Totals 7.

TEAM STATISTICS

Shots – West Virginia Wesleyan 29; Wheeling Jesuit 37.

Free Position Shots – West Virginia Wesleyan 10; Wheeling Jesuit 14.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan 17; Wheeling Jesuit 18.

Clears – West Virginia Wesleyan:15-17; Wheeling Jesuit 11-18.

Ground Balls – West Virginia Wesleyan 28; Wheeling Jesuit 29.

Draw Controls – West Virginia Wesleyan 11; Wheeling Jesuit 22.


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