March 1, 2014

Men's Lacrosse Notches Win Over Lyndon State, 11-9

The Oglethorpe men's lacrosse team picked up their first official win of the season Saturday night, defeating Lyndon State, 11-9, on the Oglethorpe Track and Field.

The Stormy Petrels jumped out to an early lead, holding a 4-2 advantage over the visiting Hornets at the end of the first quarter. The Petrels extended their advantage to four goals when Jake Godwin tallied with 6:01 remaining to give Oglethorpe a 7-3 lead. However, back-to-back goals from Lyndon State put them down just two, 7-5, at the halftime break.

In the second half, the Petrels started the scoring with a man-up goal from attackman Arness Holsey. However, four straight goals gave Lyndon State a 9-8 lead early in the fourth quarter, and the game threatened to get away from Oglethorpe.

The Petrels righted the ship, though, tying the game on a Holsey goal with 9:08 left and taking the lead back for good on a Godwin tally with 2:11 remaining. Hunter Dutton put the game away with 15 seconds remaining, netting his second goal of the game to give the Petrels a comfortable 11-9 lead with little time left in the game.

Holsey scored four goals for the Petrels, doing so on 10 shots on goal. He also picked up nine ground balls. Three other Petrels scored twice: Godwin, Dutton and Zach Pagan. Dutton led the team with 10 ground balls.

Lyndon State's goalie, Marcus Bessette, put on a show in goal, keeping the Hornets in the game with an incredible 33 saves on the night.

The Petrels outshot the Hornets 73-28 on the night, including 44-17 on goal. They also grabbed 66 ground balls to Lyndon State's 37 and were 18-of-20 on clear attempts and 17-of-24 on faceoffs.

The Petrels now move to 1-2 on the year officially, and will welcome Huntingdon to Oglethorpe Track and Field Tuesday at 8 p.m.

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