Panthers rally in second half for 19-14 win over Young Harris

Jordana Freitas

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Davenport University scored nine of the first 11 goals in the second half as the Panthers rallied for a 19-14 women's lacrosse victory over Young Harris College Tuesday (Feb. 26) afternoon at the Frances Wood Wilson Soccer Field.

Davenport leveled its record at 1-1 while the Mountain Lions fell to 1-5. Young Harris returns to action Sunday (March 3) with a 4:30 p.m. contest against Mount Olive College in Mount Olive, N.C.

With Young Harris holding a 10-8 lead at the half, the Mountain Lions added a score from Stephanie Wright 29 seconds into the second half. However, the Panthers, who held a 32-24 advantage in shots (17-9 in the second half), scored the next six goals as Davenport took a 14-11 lead after Tara Pluger scored with 23:44 to play. Young Harris got a goal back on Taylor Lincoln's free position shot with 17:35 to play. Davenport took control of the match with three goals over the next five minutes to open a 17-12 advantage on another Pluger goal with 12:20 left.

Davenport held a 37-24 advantage (16-3 in the second half) in ground balls while the Panthers won 21 of 33 draw controls.

Pluger led the Panthers with five goals while Sara Kuzava had four and Kaitlyn Lowden and Nikki Herrmann each had three apiece.  Taylor Balch had two goals for Davenport while Brittney Willis and Lexi Kruse added one each. Lena Henderson stopped nine shots in goal.

Jordana Freitas led the Mountain Lions with six goals and Lincoln added five more. Jaclyn Kernohan also accounted for two goals. Carter Moore had 10 saves between the pipes for Young Harris.