WLAX: Berg edged at Otterbein

File photos by Doug Sampson
File photos by Doug Sampson

WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- The Heidelberg University women's lacrosse team once again put in a great effort, but was on the wrong end of a conference match-up. This time, Otterbein University emerged with a narrow 11-9 win.

Once, again the Heidelberg (7-5, 1-2 OAC) offense was paced by Angela Lulejian's four-goal effort. As a norm, Jenna Carman handled the distribution efforts. Carman had four assists in addition to her two goals.

Much like midweek conference tilt against ONU, the Student Princes were engaged in a hotly contested first half with the Cardinals (4-8, 1-2).

The Berg scored on their first possession of the day. Anna Winnicki won the opening draw control and eventually worked the ball to Carman. The team leader in assists dished it to a cutting Lulejian who beat the Cardinals' goalie after just 31 seconds.

Lulejian continued her hot start to the game as just a few moments later, she finished off a feed from Winnicki for her second of the game.

Otterbein then tied the game at two on goals from Julia Karas and Noa Crowley.

Much like her first goal, Lulejian scored right after the draw control. This time, she connected with Carman again and netted her hat-trick inside the first 10 minutes of the game.

Otterbein then gained control of the game scoring the next three goals before Winnicki found the cage for her first of the game. Carman once again was credited with the helper.

After the Cards increased their lead to 6-4, Winnicki's quick-fired shot with just two seconds remaining in the half gave the Berg a momentum boost heading to the intermission.

The late Heidelberg goal didn't harm the Cardinal's offense at the start of the second half as they scored the first three goals of the half to go up 9-5.

However, the Berg started to respond as they netted the game's next three goals. Carman added to her assists total with two goals, while Emmy Flottman-Mullen scored the other.

Otterbein answered back with a pair of goals that proved to be the difference as Angela Lulejian's fourth of the game was just a consolation with 2:17 remaining on the clock.

Mandi Phillips once again set a new career-high in saves with 15 on the day. Reese Burke and Allison Rhoads split time in the cage for Otterbein and stopped a combined seven shots.

In the battle of ground balls, both teams picked up 19 each. Anna Winnicki and Bri Casement each scooped up five to lead all players.

Otterbein was effective on their trips to the free-position shots. The Cardinals converted four times from nine meters, while the Student Princes managed just one conversion.

With Lulejian's four goals this afternoon, she sits just one off the OAC leader, Danielle Rohrman of Mount Union.

The Student Princes will be idle until their next OAC game as they host Capital on Wednesday, April 10. First draw is scheduled for 7 p.m.