Men's Lacrosse Ends Season with 21-7 Defeat at Birmingham-Southern

Men's Lacrosse Ends Season with 21-7 Defeat at Birmingham-Southern

The Oglethorpe men's lacrosse team saw their season wind down with a 21-7 defeat at the hands of Birmingham-Southern in Alabama Friday night. The Stormy Petrels got a hat trick from sophomore middie Tyler Stridiron and 2 goals from sophomore attackman Nathaniel Gillespie, but it wasn't enough to overcome the homestanding Panthers. The Petrels ended the season at 1-15 overall and 0-6 in SAA play. 

The Petrels fell behind 6-0 over the course of the first quarter, but they did get a tally on the board in the second. Stridiron scored an unassisted goal at the 12:55 mark of the second to cut the Birmingham-Southern lead to 6-1. The Panthers went on another big run after that, though, scoring the final six goals of the period to take a 12-1 lead into the halftime break.

Oglethorpe played Birmingham-Southern relatively evenly in the third quarter. They began the stanza with back-to-back unassisted goals from Stridiron, making it 12-3 with 11:43 to go in the period. The Panthers answered back with two goals of their own, but freshman defenseman Ryan Kozlowski came back with a goal off an assist from Gillespie to make it 14-4 at the 2:38 mark of the third. 

The Panthers ran off seven straight to put the game away, giving themselves a 21-4 lead with 6:24 left. However, the Petrels did finish with three consecutive markers over the final six minutes of the game. Gillespie scored two of the three and sophomore middie Sulton Rahim finished the other.

Stridiron added 4 ground balls to his 3 goals, while Gillespie added 3 ground balls to his 2 goals. Sophomore defenseman Andrew Kwapil added 4 ground balls of his own. Freshman goalie Sean Merritt recorded 15 saves on the evening.

Birmingham-Southern outshot Oglethorpe 53-28 for the game, including 36-19 on goal. The Petrels were 18-for-23 on clear attempts and 12-for-31 on faceoffs. Oglethorpe committed 20 turnovers and forced 10 Panther giveaways.