Men's Lacrosse Opens Season with Loss to Tennessee Wesleyan

Men's Lacrosse Opens Season with Loss to Tennessee Wesleyan
The Oglethorpe men's lacrosse team opened up the 2018 season at home at the Oglethorpe Track and Field against the Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs. The Stormy Petrels allowed the Bulldogs to begin the game scoring six unanswered goals in the first 10 minutes of play. The Petrels entered halftime trailing 17-3. However, in the second half the Petrels defense showed significant improvement, allowing just four goals over the final 30 minutes of the contest. The impressive first half performance by the Bulldogs allowed them to seal a 21-6 win, though. 
The one goal by the Petrels in the first quarter was from freshman midfielder Dwayne Taylor with 3:05 left on the clock. The Petrels ended the quarter behind 8-1. Not much would change for the Petrels in the second quarter, where the Bulldogs padded their lead out by scoring nine more goals. 
The Petrels were able to score two goals near the end of the first half. The first was from junior attackman Nathaniel Gillespie, who was unassisted at the 3:14 mark. The second goal came from sophomore attackman Braden Draucek off an assist from junior midfielder Jibril Stapleton during a man-up opportunity in the final two minutes of the period. 
The Petrels had a much improved defensive second half, where they only allowed four goals. They outscored the Bulldogs 3-2 in the third quarter, in fact. The first of the three goals was from sophomore midfielder Jack Brand, assisted by Gillespie, at the 13:54 mark, as he fought off a cross-check to tally the goal. Brand scored again at the 6:25 mark, and Gillespie followed with around five minutes left in the quarter. 
A pair of man-up goals from Tennessee Wesleyan in the fourth quarter allowed them to pull to a 21-6 win, though.
The Petrels only won 5 of 28 faceoffs and lost the turnover battle 18- 12. The Bulldogs scooped up 28 ground balls to 16 for the Petrels. The Bulldogs outshot the Petrels 34-11 on goal. 
Sophomore defenseman Cole Hansen led his team by scooping four ground balls, while Brand and Gillespie tallied two goals each. Additionally, Gillespie earned an assist, while also not committing a turnover. 
The Petrels will now travel to Montgomery, Alabama, to take on Huntingdon Wednesday at 7 p.m. Easter. Following that matchup, the Petrels will return home on Sunday night to face Lyndon State.