BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat lacrosse team wrapped up their non-conference schedule in style with a 20-0 victory over Division III Waynesburg Wednesday evening.
They weren’t quite as successful in their Mountain East Conference opener on Friday and they narrowly lost an 11-9 home decision to the Notre Dame (Ohio) College Falcons.
The split left head coach Hannah Lively with a 5-3 record overall and a 0-1 mark in the MEC.
Wesleyan totally dominated their D-III opponent in Wednesday’s clash in the shutout win.
Wesleyan scored 13 first-half goals and took their foot off the gas pedal in the second half with seven goals.
Madison Duvall and Victoria Sisson led Wesleyan with three goals apiece while Lauren Bolen, Lindsay Penwell, Lovely Ordonez-Lopez, Haley McGuffin and Madeline Gorzka each had two goals.
Lively used three goalies in the game with Gabrielle Cleaveland getting the start and making one save while Samantha Mise and Faith Hammerbeck each saw time with Wise making one stop and Hammerbeck turning away two shots.
“I’m very proud of my team,” remarked Lively. “Waynesburg is a fairly new team and they were all such good sports to welcome us on their field again this year. It was a chance for us to really spread out and see what we will look like in future games.”
In Friday’s MEC opener with Notre Dame, Samantha Pappas scored just 41 seconds in and Duvall scored five minutes later to stake the Lady ‘Cats to a quick 2-0 lead.
Notre Dame scored four straight before Gorzka scored a goal with the assist going to Bolen to make it a 4-3 contest with 10:10 left in the opening half.
Following a Taylor Henderson goal for Notre Dame, Duvall and Lovley Ordonez-Lopez scored to tie the game at 5-5 for Wesleyan, but Katie Wendell scored with 18 seconds left in the half for Notre Dame to give them a 6-5 lead at the break.
Bolen opened the second half with a goal to deadlock the score again at 6-6, but Notre Dame scored four unanswered for a 10-6 lead with 19:17 remaining.
Wesleyan answered by scoring three straight with Ordonez-Lopez, Penwell and Duvall each scoring to make it a 10-9 contest with 11:35 remaining.
Wesleyan though couldn’t score again as Notre Dame slowed down the contest.
Leslie Diaz wrapped up the scoring for the Lady Falcons with a goal with six minutes remaining.
Duvall had a team-high three goals for Wesleyan while Ordonez-Lopez had two.
Notre Dame improved to 3-4 overall and 1-0 in the MEC.
Wesleyan was slated to play Sunday in another league game against Wheeling Jesuit.
They will return to action Friday in a MEC contest at UVa.-Wise.
The contest will begin at 3 p.m.
West Virginia Wesleyan 13 7 – 20
Waynesburg 0 0 – 0
Goals -- West Virginia Wesleyan: Madison Duvall 3, Victoria Sisson 3, Lauren Bolen 2, Lindsay Penwell 2, Lovely Ordonez-Lopez 2, Haley McGuffin 2, Madeline Gorzka 2, Samantha Pappas 1, Paige Harrison 1, Sabrina Burtner 1, Savannah Randolph 1. Totals 20; Waynesburg: None.
Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Lauren Bolen 3, Lindsay Penwell 2, Samantha Pappas 1, Madison Duvall 1, Madeline Gorzka 1. Totals 8; Waynesburg: None.
Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabrielle Cleaveland 1, Samantha Mise 1, Faith Hammerbeck 2. Totals 4; Waynesburg: Riley Yoder: 6.
Shots – West Virginia Wesleyan 34; Waynesburg 5.
Free Position Shots – West Virginia Wesleyan 4; Waynesburg 0.
Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan 16; Waynesburg 22.
Clears – West Virginia Wesleyan 9-9; Waynesburg 3-16.
Ground Balls – West Virginia Wesleyan 29; Waynesburg 9.
Draw Controls – West Virginia Wesleyan 12; Waynesburg 7.
Notre Dame 6 5 – 11
West Virginia Wesleyan 5 4 – 9
Goals – Notre Dame: Katie Wendell 3, Selena Carter 2, Taylor Henderson 2, Danyelle Hardy 2, Leslie Diaz 1, Abigail Plewes 1. Totals 11; West Virginia Wesleyan: Madison Duvall 3, Lovely Ordonez-Lopez 2, Samantha Pappas 1, Lauren Bolen 1, Lindsay Penwell 1, Madeline Gorzka 1. Totals 9.
Assists – Notre Dame: Selena Carter 1, Bridie Schmalz 1. Totals 2; West Virginia Wesleyan: Lindsay Penwell 2, Lauren Bolen 1, Lovely Ordonez-Lopez 1. Totals 4.
Saves – Notre Dame: Ellejanna Cicione 5; West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabrielle Cleaveland 7, Samantha Mise 1.
Shots – Notre Dame 35; West Virginia Wesleyan 25.
Free Position Shots – Notre Dame 9, West Virginia Wesleyan 3.
Turnovers – Notre Dame 20, West Virginia Wesleyan 24.
Clears – Notre Dame 14-20; West Virginia Wesleyan 14-19.
Ground Balls – Notre Dame 21; West Virginia Wesleyan 19.