The Oglethorpe men's lacrosse team faced off against the visiting Randolph WildCats Thursday afternoon at the Oglethorpe Track and Field and trailed wire-to-wire in a 16-4 defeat. The result dropped the Stormy Petrels to 1-8 on the season.
The WildCats started off the game with a 5-0 run before sophomore attackman Nathanial Gillespie tallied an unassisted goal at 9:09 of the second period, giving the Petrels their first score of the game and making it 5-1. From there, the WildCats again went on a 4-0 run to end the half. The Petrels went into the halftime break down by 8 goals, with the score 9-1.
At the start of the second half, Randolph continued their run for another goal before Gillespie put in his second of the game with 11:13 remaining in the third quarter, bringing the score to 10-2. The Petrels could not find an answer as the WildCats went on their third 5-0 run. Senior attackman Andrew Houghton ended that run when he took a pass from sophomore defenseman Andrew Kwapil and buried it past the Randolph goalie, bringing the score to 15-3 with 10:24 remaining in the game. Houghton tallied on one more goal for the Petrels before the game came to a close, the second goal coming off an assist from Gillespie.
In addition to their two goals, both Gillespie and Houghton each recovered 4 ground balls. Gillespie scored on both of his shots. Oglethorpe's freshman goalie Sean Merritt recorded 7 saves during his 30 minutes of play. Kwapil led the team defensively once again, causing 3 turnovers, while sophomore middie Tyler Stridiron scooped a team-high 8 ground balls.
Overall, the Petrels committed 21 turnovers while forcing 16 of their own. They were outshot 39-19 by the WildCats, including 26-9 on goal. The Petrels won seven of the game's 24 faceoffs, but were 17-for-21 on clears. Randolph scooped 44 ground balls for the game to Oglethorpe's 24.
"I thought we were competitive for stretches in this game," said Oglethorpe head coach Nathan Young, "but in the end, we just didn't have enough possession of the ball to really get ourselves into the game. We have a couple more games at home before we get into the bulk of conference play, so we'll look to regroup and get ready for those."
Next, the Petrels will take on Southwestern (Texas) Wednesday at 4 p.m. on the Oglethorpe Track and Field. After that, they'll welcome Kalamazoo to Atlanta over the weekend, going against them Saturday, March 18, at 4 p.m.