The Oglethorpe men's lacrosse team picked up its second win of the season at a chilly Oglethorpe Track and Field Wednesday night, defeating Beloit 9-8.
Up just 6-5 at the half, the Petrels exploded out of the gates in the third quarter, scoring three goals in the span of three minutes to take a 9-5 lead with 7:12 remaining. The goals came from sophomore attackman Jake Godwin, junior attackman Arness Holsey and senior defender Nick Pizzo.
The Petrels held the same 9-5 lead entering the fourth quarter, but the visiting Buccaneers scored three goals to early in the period to draw within one. This set up a situation where the Petrels had to hang on for dear life down the stretch.
With 5:18 remaining, multiple penalties were assessed on both teams, five minutes worth on Oglethorpe and 1:30 on Beloit. This meant that the Petrels would have to kill off 3:30 in penalties leading up to the end of the game. During the man-down sequence, the Petrels exhibited stout defending. They possessed the ball for about a minute, allowing them to kill off a portion of the penalty, but Beloit had the ball for the vast majority of the final two minutes. Petrel defenders blocked several shots and goalkeeper Cooper O'Brien made a couple of key saves during the stretch, though, allowing the Petrels to preserve the vione-goal victory.
In the second quarter, the Petrels took a 2-1 lead after back-to-back goals from Holsey and Godwin in the period's first minute. After Beloit tied the score, the Petrels took the lead again on a Buccaneer own-goal, then scored three straight goals to take a 6-3 lead with 5:20 remaining in the period. Holsey netted one of the goals, while junior attackman Dylan Stanley and freshman midfielder Connor Moore tallied the others. However, Beloit scored twice to end the half, leading to the Petrels 6-5 halftime lead.
Holsey came away with another hat trick on 10 shots for the Petrels, while Godwin scored two on his only two shots of the game. O'Brien stopped 12 of the 20 shots that he faced.
The Petrels were actually outshot 35-23 over the course of the game, 20-15 in shots on goal. However, Oglethorpe sophomore midfielder Ben Caoili won 13 of 20 faceoffs, and the Petrels picked up 27 ground balls to 21 for the opposition. Oglethorpe was a solid 17-of-23 on clear attempts, but the Buccaneers were an even better 16-of-18. Neither team converted an extra-man opportunity on the night.
The win improves the Petrels to 2-3 on the season. They hit the road on Friday afternoon for Waleska, Ga., where they will take on Reinhardt at 3:30 p.m.