The Oglethorpe men's lacrosse team opened their season with an 18-5 loss to in-state opponent Piedmont in Demorest Wednesday night. The Stormy Petrels and Lions were tied 2-2 after the opening 15 minutes, but Piedmont responded by scoring 15 of the game's next 16 goals to pull away to a 17-3 lead early in the fourth quarter.
The Petrels got off to a good start, scoring the first goal of the game at the 7:08 mark of the first quarter when junior attackman Cameron Ritter took a feed from senior long-stick middie Jibril Stapleton and finished past the Lion goalie. Piedmont answered back to tie it, but Oglethorpe took the lead back on the first career goal by freshman faceoff man Michael Burdge.
Piedmont went on their run after that, though, with the lone Oglethorpe goal of the middle two quarters coming from sophomore middie Brian Green at the 8:52 mark of the second quarter. They got a couple goals back in the fourth period, with freshman attackman Andrew Collins picking up a pair of markers, one of them off an assist from fellow freshman attackman Thomas Clark. It wasn't enough, however, as Piedmont cruised home to the victory.
Collins led the Petrels with the pair of goals. Senior defenseman Andrew Kwapil added five ground balls and two caused turnovers. Freshman goalie Addison Irwin enjoyed a very good debut with 25 saves on the night.
The Petrels were outshot 43-14 in shots on goal and won 5 of 24 faceoffs. They did successfully clear on 15 of 24 attempts and forced 24 Piedmont turnovers.
Oglethorpe will be back in action in seven days when they welcome Huntingdon, another non-conference foe from the USA South, to the Oglethorpe Track and Field at 7 p.m. for their home opener. After that, they'll hit the road for three straight.