The Oglethorpe men's lacrosse team lost its season opener to Piedmont Wednesday night, but played lockdown defense for most of the game and kept themselves in the contest until the very end.
In fact, the Petrels held Piedmont to just a 1-0 lead at halftime. In the second half, the Petrels tied the game on an Arness Holsey goal with 12:35 left in the third quarter. A couple minutes later, Piedmont went back ahead, 2-1, but Holsey followed with his second goal of the game with 3:47 remaining in the quarter, tying the contest at 2-2 entering the final period.
In the fourth quarter, Piedmont took advantage of an extra-man opportunity on a two-minute penalty to take the lead, 3-2. The Petrels killed off the rest of the unreleasable penalty, however, and then almost immediately, Holsey again tallied for the Petrels, completing his hat trick and tying the game again, 3-3.
Unfortunately, Piedmont took the lead for good with 6:30 remaining, then scored twice more in the closing minutes as the Petrels desperately went all out trying to take the ball away to get back into the game. The game was even closer and more defensive than the 6-3 scoreline would indicate.
Holsey scored his hat trick on nine shots, including five shots on goal. Junior Dylan Stanely also took five shots, putting three on target.
The Petrels were outshot by the Lions 26-22, and committed 20 turnovers to the visiting squads 15. However, Oglethorpe did collect more ground balls than did Piedmont, 32-26. Piedmont was 18-of-21 on clear attempts while the Petrels managed just 10-of-20. Both teams went just 1-for-7 on extra-man opportunities.
The 0-1 Petrels men's lacrosse team returns to Oglethorpe Track and Field Monday evening, when they take on Point University at 5:30 p.m.