The Oglethorpe men's lacrosse team fell to the visiting Rhodes Lynx, 21-5, Friday afternoon at the Oglethorpe Track and Field. The loss dropped the team to 1-11 on the season and 0-2 in SAA play.
Rhodes started the game off strong as they scored the opener 90 seconds into the game. They continued with five more consecutive goals to end the first period. The Lynx were up 6-0 to start the second period and continued their run with five more goals to end the half up 11-0.
To start the half, sophomore attackman Nathaniel Gillespie opened the second half with an unassisted goal and tallied another marker shortly after to make the score 12-2. Sophomore middie Tyler Stridiron added a goal for the Petrels with 6:41 left in the third period making the score 13-3. Stridiron tallied two more goals for the Petrels, but the Lynx pulled away for a 21-5 win.
Stridiron led the Petrels with 3 goals, 5 ground balls, and 1 forced turnover. Gillespie tallied the other 2 goals for the Petrels, while also recovering 2 ground balls. Sophomore defenseman Andrew Kwapil recovered 6 ground balls for the Petrels. Oglethorpe goalie Sean Merritt registered an impressive 18 saves on the afternoon.
The turnover battle was pretty even, with Rhodes committing 15 to Oglethorpe's 14. The Petrels were outshot 56-26, and were 15-for-22 on clears.
"Rhodes is a very good team, and this was a tough matchup for us," said Oglethorpe head coach Nathan Young. "But we'll come back on Sunday looking for a victory. I thought we played well for stretches of this game, so hopefully we can put it all together on Sunday."
The Petrels will next take on visiting SAA foe Hendrix Sunday at 1 p.m. on the Oglethorpe Track and Field. The Petrels have a big couple of games coming up, as they are all against SAA conference teams. After the Hendrix game, they'll take on Centre in Danville, Kentucky, on Saturday, April 8, then return home on April 9 for their final home game of the season against Sewanee.