April 17, 2011

Petrels Top Crusaders, 9-7

The men's lacrosse team picked up their third victory of their inaugural season by topping Dallas on Salamone Field on Sunday afternoon, 9-7. In a tight contest where neither team opened up more than a 3-goal advantage, the Petrels netted the first three goals of the fourth quarter to clear a path to victory.

The Petrels jumped out front 2-0 in the first on consecutive strikes from Dustin Carnahan, the second on a nice assist from Michael Kasmarik. After the Crusaders notched their first tally, Arness Holsey fed Maseo Brown for a goal that gave Oglethorpe a 3-1 advantage that the Petrels would take to halftime.

Dallas began the second half by notching the first three goals to take their first lead at 4-3 at the 8:02 mark of the third quarter. Kasmarik evened the score at four apiece on a wicked shot past the Dallas keeper but the Crusaders forged ahead 5-4 before an Oglethorpe own-goal with 3:34 left in the period. Moments later, Kasmarik tied the score again after taking a pass from behind the net from Carnahan and rifling it past the Crusader keeper.

Knotted at  5-all, the Petrels took the game by the throat to start the fourth quarter and lift the squad to victory. Price Hamilton scored his first career goal just 14 seconds into the quarter when he scooped up a ground ball and raced 35 yards up field, weaving past defenders before slamming home the go-ahead goal. Kevin Dearden followed with another Petrel goal to expand the lead before Carnahan capped the four unanswered goals with a strike of his own. Dallas pulled within 8-6 but Arness Holsey iced the game for Oglethorpe with his first goal of the day with only 2 minutes remaining in the fourth to seal the deal.

John Brewer made 19 saves in goal for Oglethorpe while the Petrels converted an impressive 20 of 26 clearance attempts in the win.

The Petrels are now 3-9 on the year and will close out the season versus Hanover on April 27 on Salamone Field at 3:30 p.m.

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