Men's Lacrosse Falls 28-4 at Rhodes

Men's Lacrosse Falls 28-4 at Rhodes

The Oglethorpe men's lacrosse team fell to the homestanding Rhodes Lynx Sunday afternoon in Memphis, Tennessee. Rhodes jumped on the Stormy Petrels early, scoring 11 consecutive goals in the first quarter to take control of the contest in the opening period. The result dropped the Petrels to 1-7 on the season overall and 0-2 in SAA play.

After jumping out to an 11-0 lead over the first 15 minutes of play, the Lynx added six more goals consecutively to build a 17-0 lead with 5:30 to play in the opening half. The Petrels responded with a pair of markers to end the second quarter. Freshman middie Dwayne Taylor scored off a feed from junior middie Jibril Stapleton with 3:11 left in the period, while sophomore attackman Braden Draucek tallied with 2:23 remaining until halftime. 

The Lynx outscored Oglethorpe 8-1 in the third quarter, with the lone Petrel goal coming from junior middie Nathaniel Gillespie. Draucek scored off an assist from Gillespie with 9:10 remaining in the contest, as well, as Rhodes outscored the Petrels 3-1 over the final period.

The Petrels got a pair of goals from Draucek, while junior defenseman Andrew Kwapil led the team with five ground balls and led all competitors with five caused turnovers. Oglethorpe freshman goalie Ramiro Juarez made eight saves on the afternoon for the Petrels.

For the game, Rhodes outshot Oglethorpe 53-10, including a 36-5 margin in shots on goal. Rhodes collected 32 ground balls to Oglethorpe's 14, went 12-for-13 on clear attempts to Oglethorpe's 10-for-18, and went 5-for-6 on extra-man opportunities. The Petrels did force 16 Rhodes turnovers, but committed 23 of their own.

Oglethorpe will head back on the road next weekend, as they travel back to Tennessee to take on Sewanee Saturday at 2 p.m. Eastern. After that, they'll return home for three straight SAA contests to end the season, starting with a matchup against Berry on March 31 at 1 p.m.