Young Harris battles Wheeling Jesuit

Jordana Freitas

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Wheeling Jesuit University scored seven second-half goals as the Cardinals defeated Young Harris College 13-6 in a non-conference women's lacrosse match Monday (March 3) afternoon at the YHC Soccer and Lacrosse Field.

Wheeling Jesuit improved to 2-1 while Young Harris slipped to 1-5. Young Harris returns to the field Saturday (March 8) when they entertain Gannon University in a 1 p.m. match.

The lead see-sawed back and forth between the two teams in the first half with Wheeling Jesuit holding a 6-5 advantage at the half. Young Harris had taken a 3-2 lead on a free-position shot by Jordana Freitas with 16:09 remaining in the first half. Breanna Farmer and Jaclyn Kernohan had scored the first two goals for the Mountain Lions.  After the Cardinals had tied the game at 3, Kaylynn Roach gave the Mountain Lions the lead again at 4-3 with 10:28 remaining in the half.

The Cardinals scored the next three goals before Kernohan scored off a free-position shot with 49 seconds left in the half to trim the deficit to 6-5. Young Harris went 3-for-4 in its free-position shots in the match.

Wheeling Jesuit took control of the match as they scored seven consecutive goals before Freitas scored an unassisted goal with 11 seconds remaining.

Wheeling Jesuit held a 28-15 advantage in shots, while the Cardinals held a slim 20-17 lead in ground balls and a 12-9 advantage in draw controls.

Peyton King and Freitas each had two draw controls for the Mountain Lions while Marisa Martelli had four ground balls while Ivey Franklin had three. Kernohan, Jade Smith and Sarah Nudelman also tallied two grounds balls for Young Harris.

Nudelman had five saves in goal for Young Harris.