Lady Lions lacrosse begins with a roar



Sports Editor, Interim EIC

The fastest game on two feet found its way back to the Walker Athletic Complex on Friday, Feb. 20, with the season opener for the Piedmont College women’s lacrosse team. The Lady Lions started their season against Hendrix College Warriors with a decisive win. The Warriors hung their heads at the end of the game when the scoreboard showed 18-4. 

“It was an awesome season opener, and that win was hopefully just a little taste on how the rest of the season will go,” said second-year attackman Kayla Freund. 

The Lady Lions dominated the field offensively in the first half of the game. They started their string of scoring with their first goal a little over two minutes from the beginning of the game. 

In the 30 minute half, Hendrix College pushed to gain an advantage over Piedmont, but they were never able to. Piedmont controlled the ball most of the first half, taking away most of the Warrior’s chances to score. 

The Warriors answered the Lady Lions first goal, but for the rest of the half, the only other goals they made were free-position shots that they received after fouls by different Piedmont players. 

The Lady Lions continued to grow the number on the score-board. The ball kept finding its way into the net, and the score board displayed a score of 8-3. 

In the second half, the Lady Lions increased their lead and prevented the Warriors from scoring more than one goal. 

Yet, unlike in the first half, Hendrix had more opportunities to score, but they were unable to send the ball past second-year goalie Blake Forrest, who had 12 saves by the end of the game. 

As the clock ticked on, the crowd grew louder with excitement over the game, and with about two minutes left in the game, Piedmont was up by 12. 

Third-year attackman McKynsey Douglas led the Lady Lions in goals for the game, scoring six of the total 18. 

Douglas said, “As much as I like to score, I’m looking forward to seeing us become more dynamic and have more people putting up points on the board.”

Soon, Piedmont had the ball again, third-year attackman Lexi Narducci ran to shoot the ball. The ball bounced off the goal, but Hendrix’s goalie had hit Narducci, causing Hendrix to receive a foul and putting the goalie in the penalty box. 

Hendrix was allowed to put new goalie in the game. However, the goalie could not stand in the goal for the free-position shot Narducci scored. 

The score was 18-3, but the game was not over. With less than a minute on the clock, the Warriors were able to get a ball to make contact with the net, but the single goal was not enough to defeat the Lady Lions. 

The Lady Lions were supposed to face Rhodes College on Feb. 22 at 1 p.m., but that game has been cancelled. Now, it looks like Piedmont hits their own turf again Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. to take on Oglethorpe University.