Ferrum Hands Women's Lacrosse its First Defeat, 12-7

Kim Slade, courtesy Kayla Sanner
Kim Slade, courtesy Kayla Sanner

by David Esbeck for berryvikings.com

ROME, Ga. -- Ferrum College defeated Berry College, 12-7, in a women's lacrosse match at Ford Field on Thursday. Both teams are now 2-1 on the season.

Berry's Rachel Aiken and Elizabeth Flatt managed three and two goals, respectively. Blair Shupenko also claimed one goal, and one assist to help the Vikings. 

Ferrum's Lauren Blankenship, however, received the offensive laurels for the day with five goals. 

In the first half, the game was tied 4-4 before FC netted three of the last four goals to make it 8-5 at the break.

Later in the game, Shupenko tallied to cut deficit to 9-7 with 15:27 remaining. Yet Blankenship answered by scoring the game's last three goals.

Both teams had 25 shots in the game. Ferrum, however, led in draw controls (14-7). They also had a good showing by goalie Amanda Cheney, who had 10 saves.

The Panthers slowed down leading scorer Kristan Dziurzynski. She had just one goal, after averaging seven-per-game in Berry's first two outings.

"Ferrum deserves all the credit," said Berry Head Coach Shaun Williamson. "They played hard and we did not.

Berry's goaltender Taylor Martin made six saves. 

The Vikings next travel to California for three games. The first is a Saturday match-up at Chapman University at 9 p.m. EST.