Men's Lacrosse Falls Victim to Late Surge from Methodist, 14-4

The Oglethorpe men's lacrosse team fell behind by six goals early in Saturday's game at Oglethorpe Track and Field. Then, despite a second-half surge that drew the Stormy Petrels to within three, Methodist went on a late run to put the game away, 14-4.

The Petrels fell behind 3-0 after the first quarter and 6-0 with 4:39 remaining in the first half. They would get a goal back before halftime though, cutting their deficit to 6-1 at the break with a goal from freshman Zach Pagan at the 1:41 mark of the second quarter.

In the third quarter, the Petrels put together a run of their own, getting two goals from freshman Brayden Simpson, the second off an assist from Pagan, to cut the Monarchs' lead in half, 6-3, with 8:44 remaining in the period. Methodist scored a man-up goal late in the period to extend their lead to 7-3 with 15 minutes remaining in the contest.

Oglethorpe started the fourth quarter on a three-minute extra-man opportunity. They got a man-up goal from senior Arness Holsey with 14:18 left in the period to cut the deficit back to three, but they then quickly gave up a man-down goal at the other end to make it 8-4. The Petrels ended the long extra-man opportunity still behind by four and the contest was all Methodist after that. The Monarchs would go on to tally seven goals in the period and pull away for a 10-goal victory.

Simpson led the team with two goals on four shots, three of them on goal. Senior goalie Cooper O'Brien led the team with six ground balls and recorded 17 saves on the afternoon. Freshman Eric Seymour caused three turnovers for the game, leading the team.

The Petrels were outshot 41-26, including 31-14 on goal. Methodist scooped 47 ground balls to Oglethorpe's 30 while proving successful on 20-of-22 clear attempts to Oglethorpe's 18-of-25. Oglethorpe was just 9-for-21 on faceoffs and turned the ball over 29 times to Methodist's 21.

The Petrels drop to 1-4, 3-5 in all games, and will take an 11-day break from game action before returning to Oglethorpe Track and Field next Wednesday night at 8 p.m. to take on Berry in their SAA opener.

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