The Oglethorpe men's lacrosse team won its fourth game of a season for the first time in program history Saturday afternoon, running away from the visiting Earlham Quakers 19-4 at the Oglethorpe Track and Field. With the win, the Stormy Petrels improved to 4-2 on the season.
The Petrels got off to an excellent start, scoring four goals over the first eight minutes of the game. Sophomore middie Brian Green, freshman middie Michael Burdge, sophomore middie Charles Broome and junior attackman Cameron Ritter all tallied for Oglethorpe during the stretch. Earlham answered back with a couple goals in the quarter, but Green and freshman attackman Thomas Clark both scored late in the period for the Petrels, giving them a 6-2 edge after the opening 15 minutes.
The home side really opened the contest up in the second quarter, as they outscored the Quakers 6-1 over the period. Freshman attackman Andrew Collins tallied two goals during the period, while Clark, Burdge, Green and junior middie Jack Brand each found the net once. Clark tallied two assists while freshman goalie Addison Irwin collected another. The Petrels led 12-3 at the break.
Collins and Clark scored two each in the third quarter, as well, as the Petrels expanded their advantage. Ritter added another, as well, and collected two assists in the quarter. Clark and Green also added to their assist tallies in the third. The Petrels added two more goals in the fourth. Sophomore middie Will Rogers added his first goal of the game at the 8:02 mark of the final quarter while Ritter added to his goal total off an assist from senior defenseman Jibril Stapleton at the 3:26 mark.
Clark and Collins totaled four goals each while Ritter and Green both earned three apiece. Brand led the Petrels with 10 ground balls while senior defenseman Andrew Kwapil caused four turnovers.
The Petrels outshot the Quakers 36-12 on goal and collected 21 ground balls to Earlham's seven. The Petrels forced 29 Earlham turnovers and were 20-of-27 on faceoffs. Oglethorpe went 18-for-22 on clear attempts.
Oglethorpe will be back in action Saturday, March 16, when they host Greensboro at the Oglethorpe Track and Field at 4 p.m.