The Oglethorpe men's lacrosse team begins the season 0-2 in SAA play after their 17-3 defeat at the hands of Sewanee on the new Oglethorpe Track and Field Saturday afternoon.
The Petrels fell behind early in the contest, finishing the first quarter with a 4-0 deficit to the visiting Tigers. It got worse in the second quarter, as Sewanee scored seven more times without an Oglethorpe answer and took an 11-0 lead into the halftime break.
The Petrels started the second half well, though, as junior Arness Holsey scored a man-up goal off an assist from junior Dylan Stanley to cut the Tiger lead to 11-1. Sewanee scored three goals in the quarter, though, and led 14-1 going into the fourth.
Oglethorpe played better defensively in the second half, allowing six goals to 11 in the first half. They allowed only three goals in the fourth quarter, and scored two of their own. Sophomore Jake Godwin scored off another assist from Stanley with 7:52 remaining. This was followed quickly by Holsey's second goal of the game, as he picked up a ground ball near midfield, ran straight in and scored. That was all the Petrels mustered, though.
The game began to get a bit chippy in the second half, as the two teams combined for eight penalty minutes, including 6:30 in the fourth quarter alone.
Sewanee outshot the Petrels by a whopping 62-21, 39-10 on goal, and forced Oglethorpe goalies to make 22 saves to Sewanee's seven. Oglethorpe turned the ball over 31 times to Sewanee's 23, and successfully cleared the ball only 13-of-22 times to the Tigers' 15-of-19. Sewanee scooped 42 ground balls to the Petrels' 23, and converted on 1-of-4 extra-man opportunities to Oglethorpe's 1-of-7.
Holsey scored two goals on nine shots, four of them on goal. Stanley finished with two assists and scooped four ground balls. Senior Maseo Brown picked up a game-high six ground balls for the Petrels.
Goalie Cooper O'Brien recorded 17 saves over the course of the game.
The Petrels are now 2-8 on the season. They will next be in action Friday, when they welcome in Hendrix at 4 p.m. for an SAA contest.