DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Women's Lacrosse team received an outstanding effort from sophomore goalkeeper Savannah Clough but it wasn't enough to keep Goucher College from earning a 15-6 victory over the Wolverines in the team's season opener on Saturday afternoon.
Clough made 17 saves on the day, scooped a team-high six ground balls, and added a caused turnover as she impressed between the pipes. Foley Wassmuth netted a pair of goals and added an assist while Maddison Cypher, Ashley Luna, Bailey Olds, and Alexis Galloway each added tallies for the Wolverines. Three different Wolverines grabbed a pair of draw controls while Khadijah Sanders and Nyi Wright each earned a pair of caused turnovers.
Goucher took care of the ball clearing the ball successfully on 17-of-18 attempts and committing just 14 turnovers while forcing Wesley into 28. The Gophers outshot the Wolverines 43-18, but Clough kept the Wolverines in the game.
Wesley spotted their opponents a seven-goal cushion in the early going as they struggled to gain posession off the draw. Goucher earned a 7-0 lead over the first 12 minutes of play. Wesley came battling back though, receiving back-to-back goals from Wassmuth and Cypher to cut down the deficit to 7-2. Goucher responded with a pair of goals before the halftime whistle, making it 9-2 at the break.
In the second half, the Wolverines outdid the Gophers on the draw, winning seven draw controls out of 11. The extra possessions gave the Wolverines more scoring opportunities as they attempted to chip away at the Gophers' lead. Bailey Olds, Wassmuth, Alexis Galloway, and Ashley Luna each netted second half goals, but it wasn't enough to overcome Goucher's advantage as the visitors came away with the 15-6 victory.
Of the Wolverines' six goals, four came from newcomers with Wassmuth, Olds, and Luna each scoring in their Wolverine debut.
Wesley moves to 0-1 on the season and will play host to Randolph College on Saturday, Feb. 27.