Men's Lacrosse Falls to Berry in SAA Contest

Men's Lacrosse Falls to Berry in SAA Contest
On Saturday afternoon, the Oglethorpe men's lacrosse team hosted the Berry Vikings at the Oglethorpe Track and Field in an SAA matchup. The Vikings jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first four minutes of play. The Stormy Petrels would continue fighting, but by halftime the Vikings managed to earn a 15-0 advantage. The Petrels would hold the Vikings to only four goals in the third, followed up by six more goals in the fourth. The Petrels also scored their lone goal early in the fourth. Nevertheless, the Vikings earned a 26-1 victory. The Petrels dropped to 1-9 on the season and 0-4 in the SAA.
The Vikings opened the game by winning the faceoff and scoring within the first 10 seconds of the game. They would then go on to score four more goals within the next four minutes of play. Once the Petrels were down 5-0 with 11:03 remaining in the first quarter, their defense began to step it up, stopping the Vikings for the next four minutes. With 7:27 left in the first, the Vikings finally were able to score again on an extra-man opportunity. The Petrels defense continued to improve, only allowing three goals in the last seven minutes of the quarter.
The second quarter began with the Petrels winning their first faceoff of the day. However, the Vikings quickly got the ball back and minutes later, they were able to push their lead out to 10-0 with 13:36 remaining in the half. The Petrels defense would stand strong for the next four minutes, led by a stellar performance from freshman goalie Ramiro Juarez. The Vikings finally snuck one past Juarez after multiple shot attempts, earning an 11-0 advantage. Minutes later, the Vikings would score again putting the game at 12-0. They led 15-0 at halftime.
The Vikings would begin the second half scoring early to go up 16-0 with 13:38 left in the third. The Petrels defense would hold the Vikings scoreless for nearly the next seven minutes, and they only gave up one goal in the final five minutes of the period.  
The Petrels entered the fourth down 19-0, but they wouldn't give up. Just two minutes after the Vikings earned another goal, the Petrels scored their first goal of the day. Sophomore attackman Braden Draucek was the Petrel who earned the goal with 9:52 remaining in the game. The Vikings cruised to the 26-1 win from there, though.
The Petrels went 0-for-10 on faceoffs in the first quarter, but they were able to finish the game winning 7 of 20 attempts. The Petrels also forced 10 turnovers. Additionally, the Petrels were successful on 8 of 13 clear attempts. Sophomore middie Jack Brand led his team with three ground balls. Junior defenseman Andrew Kwapil led the Petrels with three caused turnovers and he also recorded one ground ball.
The Petrels will remain at home for the rest of the season. Their next contest will be on Sunday, April 8, at noon against SAA rival Birmingham-Southern. The final game of the season will be on Saturday, April 14, as the Petrels welcome Centre to the Oglethorpe Track and Field.