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February 18, 2012

2011-12 Season - Vikings drop inaugural match 17-16

Freshman center Allie Roehrenbeck scored the first goal in program history Saturday and also had the lone Augustana assist, but the Vikings fell at Sewanee 17-16.

SEWANEE, Tenn.-Coach Sara Tisdale's fledgling lacrosse program faced a tall task in its first-ever intercollegiate game Saturday. The Vikings were on the road facing a Sewanee team that finished 13-5 a year ago and won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference with a perfect 4-0 ledger. A Tiger goal with 2:22 left to play spelled the difference, as Sewanee came away with a hard-fought 17-16 win.

After the Tigers' Ellie Murphy gave the hosts a 1-0 lead with a goal three minutes in, Augustana freshman Allie Roehrenbeck (Columbus Academy, Gahanna, Ohio) scored the first goal in program history to even the score at the 25:39 mark of the first half.

The contest was knotted at 4-4 with 14 and a half minutes remaining in the opening period when the Tigers scored four unanswered goals in a three-minute span to take an 8-4 lead. A goal by freshman Kelly Stelzer (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, Ill.) stemmed the tide and classmates Hannah Dickman (Stillwater Area HS, Stillwater, Minn.) and Hilary Kargl (Sacred Heart Academy, Louisville, Ky.) added goals late in the half. Sewanee scored the final goal of the period with 1:45 left and took a 10-7 lead to halftime.

It took less than three minutes for the Vikings to even the score in the second half. Kargle scored first and freshman Christina Letmanski (Glenbard West HS, Wheaton, Ill.) added a goal just 36 seconds later. Stelzer finished off the flurry, scoring with a player advantage to knot it at 10-all. After Sewanee scored twice to take a 12-10 lead, Kargle found the net three straight times, the last one with the Vikings up a player, to give Augustana its first lead at 13-12 with 16:33 remaining.

Over the next ten minutes the match turned into a see-saw affair, with Sewanee, then Augustana and then Sewanee scoring back-to-back goals to make the score 16-15 Tigers with 6:47 left. Kargle scored her game-high eighth goal of the afternoon at the 4:21 mark to tie it, but the Tigers got the game-winner from Molly Arnold with 2:22 remaining. Sewanee goalkeeper Amy Nusbaum made a save on a Dickman shot with 22 seconds left to preserve the victory for the hosts.

Freshman Sarah Osier (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, Ill.) went the distance in goal for the Vikings, recording 13 saves. In addition to Kargl's eight tallies, Letmanski and Stelzer each added two goals. Roehrenbeck recorded the Vikings' only assist. Much like the score, the team stats were close. The Tigers outshot Augustana by a narrow 37-34 margin. Shots on goal were 30 for Sewanee and 24 for the Vikings. Augustana collected 14 ground balls to 10 for the hosts and after committing 15 first-half turnovers, Tisdale's crew tightened it up in the second half, with just seven. The Tigers turned it over 16 times in the match.

The Vikings are back in action on Tuesday, February 21 against Birmingham Southern in Birmingham, Alabama. That contest is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.