PBA Women: Sailfish Fall for First Time this Season to Chargers
via PBA press release/website, by Brad Seitz, Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Palm Beach Atlantic women’s lacrosse team played its second game of the season tonight by hosting Dominican University. The Sailfish fell behind early in a game controlled by the Chargers as PBA fell 16-2 to drop their record to 1-1 on the season.
The game opened with Dominican scoring the first three goals of the night before the Sailfish were able to answer. Good pressure from the Sailfish attack high up the field caused a Chargers turnover which led to an Olivia Larges goal at the 6:14 mark. The goal is Larges’ team-leading fifth goal of the season as the freshman has been a key point offensively for the ‘Fish.
Unfortunately for the Sailfish, the offense failed to take advantage of their scoring opportunities. PBA was outshot 29-17 on the night but PBA was able to find the back of the net just twice on their 10 shots on goal. The Sailfish trailed 13-1 at the halftime break which led to a running clock for the rest of the game. A quick second half continued and PBA was able to score late in the fourth quarter as Olivia Larges assisted Julia Gibson who scored her second goal of the year and made the score 15-2.
PBA won the battle in the center circle as the ‘Fish won 11-of-21 draw controls but were unable to turn that extra possession into goals. Sara Metheny led PBA by winning five draw controls and defensively Mattie Davis led the Sailfish with two caused turnovers. Courtney Rausch got the start in net and played the first quarter before giving way to Georgia Karns for the second. Rausch returned in the second half and finished the game as the starter finished the game with six saves while allowing nine goals in her three quarters while Karns recorded three saves.
After playing two games in three days to start their season, the Sailfish have a week off to regather themselves before hosting Ashland on March 10. The Eagles are 2-0 on the season but will face Sunshine State Conference opponents Lynn and Florida Tech before taking on the ‘Fish.