The Oglethorpe men's lacrosse team earned their first victory of the season Saturday afternoon in Danville, Virginia, beating the homestanding Averett Cougars 6-2. The Stormy Petrels got three goals from junior attackman Cameron Ritter and 10 saves from freshman goalie Addison Irwin in the victory and improved to 1-1 on the season.
Averett got the first goal of the game with 10:30 left in the opening quarter, but Oglethorpe responded with a couple of markers to end the period. Ritter scored off an assist from sophomore midfielder Brian Green with 9:50 left while freshman attackman Andrew Collins scored with just over five minutes remaining. Green scored a man-up goal with 1:19 left in the first half for the only goal of the second quarter and Oglethorpe led 3-1 at the halftime break.
Oglethorpe pulled away in the third quarter, scoring three goals while not allowing any by the Cougars. Ritter tallied off an assist from Collins and Collins netted a man-up goal off a pass from Ritter with both in the first 32 seconds of the half. Then, Ritter scored off an assist from Collins with 7:05 left in the quarter to give the Petrels their largest lead of the game, 6-1. Averett responded with a goal of their own in the fourth quarter, but they were unable to mount a comeback against the Petrels.
Ritter finished with the hat trick, an assist, and three ground balls. Collins tallied a pair of goals and pair of assists while freshman defender Wyatt Jonske recorded nine ground balls on the afternoon. Irwin finished with eight ground balls and four caused turnovers.
Oglethorpe forced 37 Averett turnovers and scooped 50 ground balls. They won 8 of 12 faceoffs and were 15-for-28 on clear attempts. Both teams put 12 shots on goal for the game.
The Petrels continue on the road next weekend when they travel to Cincinnati. They'll take on Concordia Chicago in a neutral-site game Friday at 7 p.m., then battle host Mount St. Joseph Sunday, March 3, at 1 p.m.