The men's lacrosse team absorbed their first loss ever on Wednesday night in Rome, Ga., falling to the Shorter College Hawks, 14-11. The Petrels were on the Hawks' heels all night long but could not establish a lead in the physical contest.
The two teams alternated goals throughout the first period with Shorter drawing first blood while the Petrels tallied the last goal of the quarter to knot things up a three apiece. Trevor Byrum got the scoring started for Oglethorpe with his first career goal and Arness Holsey and Michael Kasmarik followed with strikes of their own.
The Hawks earned their first two goal advantage by notching the first two tallies in the second quarter but Kasmarik responded with two goals of his own within 15 seconds of eachother to tie the score again at 5 up. Shorter got a late goal to head into the half with a slim 6-5 cushion.
Shorter would again establish a two goal lead by striking first in the second half but, again, the Petrels fought back to tie the score after Austin Treadwell converted a man-up situation and Kasmarik scored the fourth of his game-high 6 goals for Oglethorpe. The Hawks netted the next two taliies to forge another two goal advantage midway through the quarter before Kasmarik and Holsey struck again to tie the score, 9-9. A Garret LeBlanc goal sandwiched between two Shorter goals ended the period with Oglethorpe still behind by only one, 11-10.
The Hawks finally gained the separation they needed by scoring the first three goals of the fourth quarter to open up a 14-10 lead. Holsey was able to score again at the 5:34 mark but Shorter did a good job of milking the clock down the stretch to close out the 14-11 victory.
Shorter outshot the Petrels 63-37 on the night with Oglethorpe goalie John Brewer making 18 saves.
Oglethorpe is now 1-1 on the season and will have some time off before facing Carthage College on March 16 at 3:30 p.m.