Oberlin Can't Keep Up with the Gators

Meadville, Pa. Oberlin fell behind early and were never able to fully regain their composure, falling to conference foe Allegheny, 15-9, on Thursday evening.

A 5-2 scoring spurt before halftime wasn't enough for the Yeowomen to overcome the potent offensive attack of the Gators.

The Gators opened the scorebook with two goals in the first seven minutes, but Oberlin responded with their first goal, an unassisted effort from Sarah Andrews.

Allegheny then rattled off four unanswered goals to take a 6-1 lead just over halfway through the first frame, but the Yeowomen showed some grit by scoring five more goals before halftime. Grace Barlow and Marissa Maxfield scored free-positions goals on either side of an Allegheny goal. Then Suzanna Doak scored her first of the day with the assist being credited to Morgan Daruwala.

Barlow would follow that up with two more goals, one of which was a free-position opportunity, to give the sophomore a first-half hat trick.

The Gators came out and scored three quick goals to star the half and give themselves an 11-6 cushion. Oberlin would again answer back as Bronwen Schumacher would pick up the assist on Doak's second goal of the game, cutting the lead to 11-7.

Then the Gators proved why they have one of the top-20 scoring offenses in the nation, as they continued to pepper the goal with shots and ultimately guaranteed their victory.

Doak and Barlow both finished with three goals to pace the Yeowomen offensively. Daruwala also registered a goal to go along with an assist, three draw controls, and one caused turnover. First-year Slone Garelick picked up six ground balls, two draw controls, and one caused turnover.

Alexa L'Insalata played the entire game in goal, making 14 saves in the losing effort.

The Gators held the edge in shots, 34-25, and draw controls, 17-9, while the Yeowomen won the groundball battle, 20-18.

With the loss, Oberlin is now 7-3 overall and 2-3 in the NCAC, while the Gators improved to 12-1, 4-1 in the conference.

The Yeowmen will now turn their attention to Hiram, where they will be traveling on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. opening draw.

2014-04-17



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