The Oglethorpe men's lacrosse team got off on the wrong foot this evening against the Southwestern (Texas) Pirates and never recovered, as they lost 25-7. The Stormy Petrels are now 1-9 for the season.
The Pirates tallied back-to-back goals at 12:39 and 11:41 to start the game before sophomore defenseman Andrew Kwapil answered for the Petrels, grabbing a rebound from a previous shot and putting it back into the net to bring the score to 2-1. The Pirates went on a 4-0 run after that, but that came to an end when sophomore middie Tyler Stridiron tallied an unassisted goal with 10 seconds remaining in the opening period, bringing the score to 6-2 to end the opening quarter. The second period was not much better for the Petrels, though, as the Pirates went on a 6-0 run to take a 12-3 lead to end the first half.
The Petrels could not find an answer for Southwestern's attack, as the Pirates continued to run down the field with separate spurts of 4-0 and 5-0, sandwiched around a tally from freshman defenseman Ryan Kozlowski. To end the game, the Petrels tallied 3 goals in a row, led by senior attackman Andrew Houghton and freshman defenseman Nick Valletto. Unfortunately, it was too late for the Petrels to work their way back into the game.
In addition to his one goal, Kwapil recovered 10 ground balls and forced 2 turnovers for the evening. Houghton tallied 2 goals for the Petrels, as well. In addition to his goal, Valletto also recovered 3 ground balls and forced a Pirate turnover.
Overall, Oglethorpe goalies combined for 15 saves, while the Petrels committed 25 turnovers to the Pirates' 19. The visitors outshot Oglethorpe 52-26, and recovered 47 ground balls to the Petrels' 34.
"Southwestern is a very good team, and they proved that today on our field," said Oglethorpe head coach Nathan Young. "We just couldn't really get any stops on defense and they got too far ahead. We'll have another opportunity Saturday against Kalamazoo."
The Petrels will return to the Oglethorpe Track and Field on Saturday at 4 p.m., when they'll take on Kalamazoo in the team's final non-conference contest of the season. After that, they'll have back-to-back SAA games against Sewanee Saturday, March 25, at 4 p.m. and against Rhodes Friday, March 31, at 4 p.m.