Wooster Unable to Hang On to Early Momentum in Loss at BW

Shelby Stone
Shelby Stone

The College of Wooster jumped out to an 8-1 lead on Baldwin Wallace University, and it was 11-6 at halftime, however, the second half belonged to the Yellow Jackets as they stormed back to stun the Fighting Scots 19-15 in a non-league women's lacrosse game at Berea, Ohio, on Friday night.

Wooster (0-5) put forth not only an explosive attack early, but a very balanced one. The eight goals came from six different players, with the Scots gaining that seven-goal margin with 9:13 remaining in the opening 30 minutes.

The ending of the first half may have been the key to Baldwin Wallace's (10-2) comeback. The hosts scored five times during a 3:43 stretch to get back in the game, though, Wooster regained the momentum on half-closing goals by Heather Szymanski and Ellie Hudson-Heck.

The Scots opened the scoring in the second half, as Cassie Greenbaum's tally made it a seemingly comfortable 12-6 margin. However, the Yellow Jackets ran off seven unanswered scores and took the lead for the first time, 13-12 at the 13:44 mark.

Wooster regained its composure. Shelby Stone assisted on Abby Szlachta and Eliza Perry goals, putting the Scots back in front with 9:50 remaining, then Baldwin Wallace responded with the decisive run, five-straight scores to effectively seal the outcome.

The good news is that Wooster's offense, which included four goals from Szlachta, seemed to get on track with a season-high 15 goals. In addition to Szlachta, Stone distributed four assists and scored once for a five-point outing and Hudson-Heck and Perry each posted two-goal, one-assist outings.

The Scots' defense, though, gave up an uncharacteristic number of scores, with Sierra Thomas accounting for six of the 19 goals, plus nine draw controls.

Wooster has no time to dwell on the loss. It will be right back in action on Saturday at home against North Coast Athletic Conference foe Hiram College (3-6, 0-1 NCAC) at 4:30 p.m.