Trailing 8-3 early in the third quarter, the men's lacrosse team rallied to score six straight goals en route to winning their first game of the season 13-12 over the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.
Freshman Jake Godwin tallied the first goal of the game just 38 seconds in to give the Petrels a quick 1-0 lead. The Crusaders would go on to tally the next three strikes before Arness Holsey broke the run by finding the back of the net and making the score 3-2 Dallas after the first quarter.
Then it looked as though the Crusaders may run away with this one as they ripped off four straight strikes in the second quarter to open up a commanding 7-2 advantage. Godwin broke that Crusader run to make it 7-3 at halftime but Dallas regained their 5-goal lead by striking first in the second half and upping the margin to 8-3.
That's when the Petrels caught fire. Junior Michael Kasmarik began the avalanche of Oglethorpe netting six straight goals by scoring with 13:49 in the third quarter. Godwin followed with his third goal of the game before Kasmarik added his second to suddenly make the score 8-6. The run continued when freshman Ben Caoili fed defender John Brewer for a rare strike from the typical Oglethorpe net protector. Coleman Plaisted leveled the game at 8 apiece with his first strike of the game and then Kasmarik ended the burst of 6 goals in six minutes of clock time with a blast to give Oglethorpe a 9-8 lead with 6:25 to play in the third.
The two sides alternated goals to finish off the frenetic third quarter with Oglethorpe clinging to an 11-10 advantage. Plaisted and Holsey tallied the final two strikes of the period to give Oglethorpe their slim lead.
Dallas netted the first two goals of the fourth quarter to reclaim a lead at 12-11 but the Oglethorpe men showed heart down the stretch, holding the Crusaders scoreless for the final 10 minutes during which time Holsey posted two big strikes to give the Petrels the 13-12 score they won by.
Sophomore Cooper O'Brien enjoyed a stellar day manning the goal for the Petrels, saving 12 tough shots including several inside 5 meters.
Holsey had four goals and an assist on the afternoon in the big win and Kasmarik added three golas and an assist as well. Godwin joined the hat trick party with three strikes and an assist while freshman Plaisted scored twice and freshman Caoili added two assists.
The Petrels are now 1-3 on the season and will travel to Georgetown, Texas to face Southwestern this Sunday afternoon.