The Oglethorpe men's lacrosse team played well in the first half Wednesday night, building a 4-2 lead over Muskingum at halftime in New Concord, Ohio. However. the homestanding Fighting Muskies came back with seven unanswered goals in the second half to turn the tables and defeat the Stormy Petrels 9-4. The loss dropped Oglethorpe to 0-4 on the season.
The Petrels scored the only marker by either team in the first quarter, as freshman middie Dwayne Taylor put in an unassisted goal at the 4:55 mark of the period. Muskingum answered with a pair of goals over the first 10 minutes of the second quarter, taking a 2-1 lead with five minutes remaining until halftime. However, Oglethorpe came back with three consecutive tallies headed into the halftime break. They tied the game off a goal from junior attackman Nathaniel Gillespie at the 4:08 mark of the quarter, then went on an extra-man opportunity with 1:20 left due to a Muskies slashing penalty. The Petrels took advantage, as sophomore attackman Cameron Ritter scored the man-up goal to give his team the lead. Taylor finished off the Oglethorpe run at the 38-second mark of the half, giving Oglethorpe a 4-2 lead heading into the break.
The Muskies shut the Petrels down in the second half, however. They tied the game with a couple goals late in the third quarter, then tallied five goals in the fourth quarter, pulling away to the 9-4 victory.
Taylor led the Petrels with a couple of goals on the evening, scoring those on six shots. Ritter led the Petrels with nine ground balls, while Gillespie collected eight and junior defender Andrew Kwapil came up with six. Freshman goalie Ramiro Juarez made 11 stops on the evening on his 20 shots faced.
Oglethorpe held their own statistically in several categories, matching Muskingum with 49 ground balls and successfully completing 17 of 19 clear attempts. They also put 16 shots on goal for the contest while the Muskies recorded 20. They forced 21 Muskingum turnovers, as well. However, the Muskies outshot Oglethorpe 52-28 overall and won 12 of 17 faceoffs.
"I thought we played well in the first half, but it was a tough second half for us," said Oglethorpe head coach Zach Taylor. "We don't have much time to dwell on it, though. We get right back to work on Friday with another game against Mount St. Joseph."
The Petrels will take on Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati on Friday, as they'll go against the Lions at 4 p.m. After that, they'll return home to play Dallas at 7 p.m. Tuesday before hitting the road to begin SAA play.