Wolves Fall in SAC Semifinals to Lenoir-Rhyne

CHARLOTTE - Newberry saw its season ended on Friday evening at Queens University as the Wolves fell 16-8 to the No. 2-seed Lenoir-Rhyne Bears in the semifinals of the 2014 SAC women's lacrosse championship.

Lenoir-Rhyne (11-7) opened the scoring early, before adding two more goals to take a 3-0 lead. Newberry (6-11) responded with an unassisted goal by redshirt-freshman Ajahna Grosvenor (Lawrenceville, Ga.) with 22:10 left in the period. Grosvenor's goal was her 11th of the season.

The Bears responded to Grosvenor's goal with eight-straight goals before sophomore Carly Marksberry (Lawrenceville, Ga.) assisted on a goal by sophomore Jessica Baxtrom (St. Leonard, Md.). Baxtrom's goal was her 24th of the season, while Marksberry collected her 18th assist.

The Wolves opened the second period with a pair of quick goals as senior KerriAnn Barlage (Glen Burnie, Md.) netted her 49th of the season, before Marksberry recorded her 11th of the year. The Bears answered with three straight goals.

Grosvenor netted a second with 17:16 left and nearly two minutes later junior Victoria Thomas (Manhattan, Kan.) assisted on sophomore Noelle Allen's (Lawrenceville, Ga.) 38th goal of the year. Marksberry added a second two minutes after Allen's tally with a crafty goal to pull the Wolves back within seven goals of the Bears, but Lenoir-Rhyne pushed the lead back to 15-7 with a goal just outside of ten minutes remaining in the period.

L-R pushed the lead further with two straight in the final 11 minutes. With three seconds remaining in the game, Barlage scored her 50th goal of the year before time expired on a 16-8 Lenoir-Rhyne victory.


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