BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat lacrosse team came oh so close to getting their first Mountain East Conference win Saturday afternoon against the Charleston Golden Eagles at Ross Field.
The Lady ‘Cats and Charleston were tied at 9-9 with 18 minutes remaining, but Charleston pulled out a 14-11 victory.
Two days earlier, the Lady Bobcats dropped a home conference match to UVa.-Wise by a 20-2 score.
The pair of losses left Wesleyan winless in the MEC at 0-9 and dropped them to 5-11 overall.
The Lady Bobcats will have one more chance to end their nine-game drought and earn a conference win in their season-finale Sunday when they visit Shepherdstown for a conference battle with the Shepherd Lady Rams at 1 p.m.
Against Charleston, the Golden Eagles stormed out to a 3-0 lead after seven minutes of action, but Wesleyan scored three straight behind a goal from Lindsay Penwell and two from Madison Duvall to make it a 3-3 contest with 14:32 remaining in the first half.
With the score 5-5, Charleston rattled off three consecutive goals for an 8-5 lead before Wesleyan’s Madeline Gorzka ended the half with a goal to make it 8-6 heading into the half.
Charleston opened the second half with a goal, but Wesleyan’s Lovely Ordonez-Lopez, Lauren Bolen and Savannah Randolph each scored to even the game at 9-9.
Charleston stole the momentum back with four straight goals over the next 11 minutes for a 13-9 advantage with four minutes remaining.
Gorzka brought Wesleyan to within three at the 2:36 mark with a goal, but Charleston scored 90 seconds later to go up 14-10.
Duvall scored with one second remaining to account for the final score.
Duvall and Gorzka each had three goals to lead Wesleyan while Lindsay Penwell had two.
Gabrielle Cleaveland played the entire game in net for Wesleyan and made 18 stops.
Against UVa.-Wise, Wesleyan found themselves down by a 15-0 score at the break.
Wesleyan’s two scores in the second half came from Victoria Sisson and Sabrina Burtner.
Cleaveland, Samantha Mise and Faith Hammerbeck all shared time in the net for Wesleyan with Cleaveland making six stops, Mise three and Hammerbeck one.
UVa.-Wise 15 5 – 20
West Virginia Wesleyan 0 2 – 2
Goals – UVa.-Wise: Kristin Gobbi 3, Caroline Earnshaw 3, McKayla Grashman 3, Ashley Wells 2, Ellie Earnshaw 2, Jesse French 1, Katie Allen 1, Sydney Steinberg 1, Jessica Apgar 1, Abby Willis 1, Riley Fenster 1, Charlotte Hess 1. Totals 20; West Virginia Wesleyan: Sabrina Burntner 1, Victoria Sisson 1. Totals 2.
Assists – UVa.-Wise: Jesse French 4, Sydney Steinberg 4, McKayla Grasham 2, Ashley Wells 1, Kristin Gobbi 1, Kameryn Darrington 1. Totals 14; West Virginia Wesleyan: None.
Saves – UVa.-Wise: Elsa Girado 5. Totals 5; West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabrielle Cleaveland 6, Samantha Mise 3, Faith Hammerbeck 1. Totals 10.
Shots – UVa.-Wise 38; West Virginia Wesleyan 11.
Free Position Shots – UVa.-Wise 4; West Virginia Wesleyan 1.
Turnovers – UVa.-Wise 11; West Virginia Wesleyan 15.
Clears – UVa.-Wise 14-14; West Virginia Wesleyan 14-16.
Ground Balls – UVa.-Wise 16; West Virginia Wesleyan 10.
Draw Controls – UVa.-Wise 16; West Virginia Wesleyan 7.
Charleston 8 6 – 14
West Virginia Wesleyan 6 5 – 11
Goals – Charleston: Emma Renda 5, Samantha Youngman 4, Brianna Rock 2, Peyton Harris 1, Aryanna Jones 1, Isabelle Pisani 1. Totals 14; West Virginia Wesleyan: Madison Duvall 3, Madeline Gorzka 3, Linsday Penwell 2, Lauren Bolen 1, Lovely Ordonez-Lopez 1, Savannah Randolph 1. Totals 11.
Assists – Charleston: Peyton Harris 1, Rachel Kerwin 1, Alexis Stuck 1. Totals 3; West Virginia Wesleyan: Madeline Gorzka 4, Lindsay Penwell 2, Lively Ordonez-Lopez 2, Madison Duvall 1, Victoria Sisson 1. Totals 10.
Saves – Charleston: Kyra Tye 6. Totals 6; West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabrielle Cleaveland 18. Totals 18.
Shots – Charleston 43; West Virginia Wesleyan 25.
Free Position Shots – Charleston 1, West Virginia Wesleyan 1.
Turnovers – Charleston 15; West Virginia Wesleyan 24.
Clears – Charleston 8-8; West Virginia Wesleyan 12-13.
Ground Balls – Charleston 8; West Virginia Wesleyan 7.
Draw Controls – Charleston 14; West Virginia Wesleyan 13.