The Oglethorpe men's lacrosse team got off to a slow start against the visiting Kalamazoo Hornets Saturday afternoon at the Oglethorpe Track and Field, and couldn't recover, as the visitors pulled away in the second half for a 15-3 win. The result dropped the Stormy Petrels to 1-10 on the season.
The Hornets scored the opening goal with 10:55 left in the first period, but sophomore attackman Nathaniel Gillespie answered for the Petrels, scoring an unassisted goal to tie the game 1-1 with 8:18 remaining in the quarter. The Hornets found their groove at the start of the second period, as they went on a 6-0 run with 4:18 remaining in the half, bringing the score to 7-1. The Petrels ended the first half on a strong note, though, as sophomore defenseman Andrew Kwapil and senior attackman Andrew Houghton each tallied a goal apiece, both off assists from Gillespie, bringing the score to 7-3.
However, the Petrels did not score in the second half. Kalamazoo went on a 4-0 run in the third to build their lead to 11-3. After that, they finished off the game with four unanswered tallies in the fourth quarter.
In addition to his goal and 2 assists, Gillespie recovered 5 ground balls and forced a turnover. Freshman attackman Cameron Ritter recovered 7 ground balls, leading all participants, and won 14 of 21 faceoffs. Kwapil caused a team-high 4 turnovers defensively.
Overall, the Petrels committed 24 turnovers to the Panthers' 21, were outshot 38-31, and were 16-for-18 on clear attempts. The Petrels and Hornets were relatively even on ground balls, with the home team leading the count 36-32. The Hornets cashed in on extra-man opportunities, though, converting on 3 of 5 attempts.
The Petrels have three big games coming up as they face three SAA opponents: Sewanee, Rhodes and Hendrix. They will first take on the Tigers Saturday at 4 p.m. on the Oglethorpe Track and Field before they face Rhodes and Hendrix the following week.