The Oglethorpe men's lacrosse team fell behind early Sunday in their regular-season finale on the Oglethorpe Track and Field and, despite an improved second half, could not work their way back into the game against Birmingham-Southern, losing 17-7.
The Stormy Petrels fell behind 5-0 at the end of the first period, and would eventually fall behind 7-0 before scoring their opening goal. They got back-to-back goals from Austin Anderson and Arness Holsey to make the score 7-2 with 10:04 remaining in the first half. However, three straight goals from the visiting Panthers gave them a 10-2 lead at the halftime break.
The Petrels played better on the whole in the second half, as the Panthers only outscored them 7-5 over the course of the third and fourth quarters. After Birmingham-Southern scored twice more to take a 10-goal lead, the Petrels got back-to-back tallies from Eric Seymour and Holsey, Seymour's going as a man-up goal. Down 13-4 heading into the fourth and final quarter, the Petrels scored three goals in the period, one coming from Jake Godwin while Hunter Dutton and Seymour added man-up goals toward the end of the game. It wasn't enough however, as the damage had been done in the first half.
Holsey and Seymour both tallied two goals, Seymour's a pair of man-up goals coming from the defenseman position. Ben Caoili and Marquel Pike added four ground balls apiece for the home side, while Pike caused four turnovers on the afternoon.
The Petrels performed very well on extra-man opportunites, cashing in on three of five chances, including 2-of-3 in the fourth quarter. However, they were outshot 48-26 and were successful on just 14-of-22 clear attempts.
The loss drops the Petrels to 1-11 (3-12 in all games), 0-7 in SAA play. Their regular season has now concluded, and they'll now prepare for the SAA playoffs next weekend. They'll be the No. 8 seed, and will travel to Sewanee to take on the No. 1 seed on Saturday.