Men's Lacrosse Team Defeated at Berry, 23-2

The Oglethorpe men's lacrosse team played its first-ever SAA contest this afternoon and was dominated by Berry, especially in the first half, as the Vikings sailed to a 23-2 win.

The Petrels fell behind 9-0 by the end of the first quarter, then gave up 10 more goals in the second. Oglethorpe did score two goals of their own in the second quarter, though. Junior Dylan Stanley took a pass from behind the goal and slotted it home with 10:49 remaining in the half, cutting the Berry lead to 13-1.

Then later in the quarter, junior Arness Holsey picked up a ground ball in the middle third and took it all the way for the Oglethorpe goal with 3:26 remaining in the period, cutting the Berry lead to 17-2 at that time.

Down 19-2 at halftime, the Petrels played much better in the second half. They were much more cohesive defensively and held the home-standing Vikings to just four goals over the last half-hour, compared with the 19 in the first. Still, Oglethorpe was unable to score a goal of their own in the half, and wound up with the 21-point defeat.

Stanley scored his goal on five shots, three of them on goal. Holsey scored his goal on seven shots, five of them on goal. Senior Nick Pizzo caused five turnovers and picked up five ground balls.

Berry outshot the Petrels 42-14 over the course of the game, including 33-10 on goal. The Vikings committed 19 turnovers to Oglethorpe's 30, won 17 of 27 faceoffs to Oglethorpe's 10, picked up 41 ground balls to Oglethorpe's 21, and were successful on 25 of 26 clears to Oglethorpe's 12-of-21. 

The Petrels fall to 2-7 on the season, and now 0-1 in SAA play. Theyl'll attempt to bounce back on Saturday, when they host Sewanee in another SAA contest. The action gets started at 3 p.m. from the new Oglethorpe Track and Field.

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