MONTEVALLO, Ala. – Oklahoma Baptist Women's Lacrosse suffered a second-half letdown and were handed their second straight loss of the season, falling 9-8 to the University of Montevallo on Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Bison quickly struck first to open the game, with Lauren McCormack netting two goals, including a silky backhand, in the first four minutes of the contest before Paige Morrison netted her first of the season to put OBU up, 3-0, inside the first six minutes of the contest. Though Montevallo would pull within one at 3-2, Morrison and Breanna Wichert scored a pair to restore the three-goal advantage. With 10 seconds left, Hannah Dowell opened up her 2017 account and OBU went into halftime up 6-3.
A lapse in concentration saw Oklahoma Baptist's three-goal advantage evaporate into a 6-6 affair at the 26:42 mark before Wichert scored her second of the day on a free position to restore the Lady Bison's lead. However, Montevallo would score the next two goals to take a lead. Sarah Anderson then bagged her first of the season to level the score again. Unfortunately, UM would score two more to push the scoreline to 10-8. Alexis Martin found the back of the net with 3:08 to play to make it a one-goal affair, and though OBU enjoyed much of the ball in the final minutes of the game, they were unable to find the equalizer they needed.
"It's frustrating to be in this position against the same team in back-to-back years," said OBU head coach Jordan Beech. "However, I don't want that to rob from the fact that the defense, and Courtney Barnickle in particular, played a great game.
"Our lack of efficiency on free-position attempts stood out to me. That is something we'll address this week, and we're looking forward to giving our home crowd a big win next Saturday in our home opener."
The Lady Bison improved greatly in getting off shots compared to Friday's contest, tallying 32 in the game, 25 of which were put on target. Oklahoma Baptist also won the battle at the circle, collecting 12 draw controls, led by McCormack with five and Ingrim with four.
Defensively, OBU scooped up 12 groundballs, paced by Dowell with three, while Ingrim and Wichert each had two. Barnickle posted 12 saves, tied for the sixth most in a single game in program history, and .545 save percentage on the day.
The Lady Bison fall to 0-2 on the season with the loss. Oklahoma Baptist now turns its eyes to the 2017 home opener on Saturday, Feb. 18 against Missouri Valley College at 6 p.m. at the OBU Lacrosse Complex.