PHILIPPI – Head coach Hannah Lively and her West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat lacrosse team decided they were in no mood for an overtime period with the Alderson Broaddus Lady Battlers in their 2019 season opener last Wednesday in a non-conference affair.
The Lady Bobcats let a second-half lead slip away, but it took them all of 18 seconds to score in the overtime period on a goal by Lovely Ordonez-Lopez with an assist going to Lauren Bolen as Wesleyan won the thriller, 9-8.
In a slow-moving first half, Alderson Broaddus scored first at the 24:58 mark on a goal by Haley Frost.
Wesleyan, though, dominated the rest of the half and scored four straight goals to take a 4-1 lead into the break.
Four different players scored in the first half with Madeline Gorzka getting the first one with an assist going to Ordonez-Lopez followed by Madison Duvall and Victoria Sisson scoring unassisted goals and then Ordonez-Lopez wrapped up the first-half scoring with a goal with the assist credited to Gorzka.
Wesleyan scored two goals within a 90-second stretch when Ordonez-Lopez and Duvall found the back of the net to give the Lady Bobcats a 6-1 lead.
Alderson Broaddus finally got their offense going and scored four unanswered goals to trim the deficit to 6-5 with 18:48 remaining.
Wesleyan’s Lindsay Penwell and Haley McGuffin pushed the lead back to four with a pair of goals with 18:10 and 17:36 left respectively.
The Lady Battlers finished strong and tallied the last three goals of the game to force the overtime session before Wesleyan won it the third period.
Ordonez-Lopez led Wesleyan in scoring with three goals while Duvall had two.
Gorzka had two assists for the Lady Bobcats.
Wesleyan keeper Gabrielle Cleaveland turned away 11 shots to earn the win.
Lady Battler keeper Haley Matul made eight saves.
Wesleyan held a 27-26 advantage in shots and a 4-3 margin in free-position shots.
The owned a 10-8 advantage on draw controls.
They Lady Bobcats were slated to play Bethany College Sunday afternoon.
They will return to action Friday, March 8 when they play Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C.
The game will begin at 1 p.m.
West Virginia Wesleyan 4 4 1 – 9
Alderson Broaddus 1 7 0 – 8
Goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Lovely Ordonez-Lopez 3, Madison Duvall 2, Lindsay Penwell 1, Haley McGuffin 1, Victoria Sisson 1, Madeline Gorzka 1. Totals 9; Alderson Broaddus: Krista Cooper 3, Taheera Rodgers 2, Haley Frost 1, Allison Rogers 1, Shea Lee Robin 1. Totals 8.
Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Madeline Gorzka 2, Lauren Bolen 1, Lovely Ordonez-Lopez 1, Victoria Sisson 1. Totals 5; Alderson Broaddus: Taheera Rodgers 2, Kate McLaughlin 1, Krista Cooper 1. Totals 4.
Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabrielle Cleaveland 11; Alderson Broaddus: Haley Matul: 8.
Shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: 27; Alderson Broaddus: 26.
Free-Position Shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: 4; Alderson Broaddus 3.
Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 35; Alderson Broaddus: 33.
Clears – West Virginia Wesleyan: 11-21; Alderson Broaddus 15-21.
Ground balls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 29; Alderson Broaddus 32.
Draw Controls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 10; Alderson Broaddus 8.