BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan just can’t get over that hump in Mountain East Conference lacrosse play as they dropped another close contest on Sunday, losing a 12-8 decision to the visiting Wheeling Jesuit Lady Cardinals.
The game started out beautifully for the Lady ‘Cats as Madison Duvall scored just two minutes into the game with an unassisted goal and Samantha Pappas added to the lead with an unassisted goal four minutes later.
Following a Wheeling Jesuit goal, Pappas scored again to make it a 3-1 game.
Paige Orbell scored for the Lady Cardinals but Lindsay Penwell found the back of the net at the 17:48 mark and Duvall scored again 40 seconds later to treat Wesleyan to a 5-2 lead.
The tide turned against Wesleyan and Wheeling Jesuit closed the half on a 4-1 run to deadlock the game at 6-6 at the break.
Wheeling Jesuit scored the first goals of the second half for an 8-6 lead, but Victoria Sisson and Madeline Gorzka each scored unassisted goals to even the score at 8-8 with 22:35 remaining.
The game slowed down as neither team scored over the next 12 minutes, but Wheeling Jesuit finished with a flourish scoring four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game.
Pappas, Duvall and Gorzka each had two goals for Wesleyan.
Ally Coggins paced the Wheeling Jesuit offense with three goals.
Wesleyan keeper Gabrielle Cleaveland played all 60 minutes and made eight saves.
Emma Stair turned away seven shots for Wheeling Jesuit.
Wheeling Jesuit improved to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in the MEC.
Wesleyan fell to 5-4 overall and 0-2 in the MEC.
The Lady Bobcats will return to action Friday when they visit UVa.-Wise for a conference game starting at 3 p.m.
Wheeling Jesuit 6 6 – 12
West Virginia Wesleyan 6 2 – 8
Goals – Wheeling Jesuit: Ally Coggins 3, Bethany Wallingford 2, Paige Orbell 2, Megan Mangia 2, Mackenzie Kaderbek 2, Kate Calder 1. Totals 12; West Virginia Wesleyan: Samantha Pappas 2, Madison Duvall 2, Madeline Gorzka 2, Lindsay Penwell 1, Victoria Sisson 1. Totals 8.
Assists – Wheeling Jesuit: Kate Clader 1, Paige Orbell 1, Eily Cogan 1, Bethany Willingford 1. Totals 4; West Virginia Wesleyan: Madison Duvall 1, Lovely Ordonez-Lopez 1, Madeline Gorzka 1. Totals 3.
Saves – Wheeling Jesuit: Emma Stair 7; West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabrielle Cleaveland 8.
Shots – Wheeling Jesuit 30; West Virginia Wesleyan 25.
Free Position Shots – Wheeling Jesuit 14, West Virginia Wesleyan 13.
Turnovers – Wheeling Jesuit 17, West Virginia Wesleyan 11.
Clears – Wheeling Jesuit 20-23; West Virginia Wesleyan 19-20
Ground Balls – Wheeling Jesuit 7; West Virginia Wesleyan 13.