SCAD overwhelms Women's Lax in regular season finale
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Shorter University's Katie Ott scored a team and game-high four goals, but host Savannah College of Art and Design reeled off eight straight goals in the first half to take control and ultimately score a 21-5 win over the Lady Hawks in Shorter's final regular season game of its inaugural season.
The Lady Hawks, who had their four-game winning streak snapped in a tight 13-12 loss to National Women's Lacrosse League regular season champion Tennessee Wesleyan on Monday, end the regular campaign with a 9-5 overall record. SCAD improves to 10-4.
Ott got Shorter off on the right foot with a goal 30 seconds into the game, but the Bees stormed back with eight unanswered goals.
Rachel Skinner's lone goal of the game with 16:30 left in the first half halted the spurt and got Shorter back to within 8-2, but SCAD would go on to score the final seven goals of the first period and take a 15-2 lead into halftime.
Action slowed in the second half, and the Lady Hawks simply had too little time to mount a serious comeback. Ott scored three times in the second half to account for all of Shorter's scoring, but the Lady Hawks ended the game being outshot 38-18 while SCAD scored three free position goals and held a 17-11 advantage in draw controls.
Shorter committed 26 turnovers, but did hold a slight edge in ground balls, scooping 30 to the Bees' 27.
Aiste Pranciliauskaite, Whitney Dixe and Bianca Rojas had one assist each for the Lady Hawks and Desiree Watson-Isom paced Shorter with six ground balls.
Shorter will take a week off as it prepares for the NWLL Tournament on April 22 and 23 on its home field. The Lady Hawks are the tournament's No. 4 seed and will take on top-seed Tennessee Wesleyan on Friday, April 22 at noon on Ben Brady Field.