Men's Lacrosse Falls to Centre in Season Finale

Men's Lacrosse Falls to Centre in Season Finale
The Oglethorpe men's lacrosse team hosted SAA rival Centre on Saturday afternoon in their last game of the season. The Petrels held on early in the game, allowing only three goals in the first and two goals in the second quarter. However, in the third, the Colonels would outscore the Petrels 8-1. Oglethorpe ended up losing the game 17-3.
 
The Petrels began the game by winning the faceoff, but quickly gave the ball up to the Colonels. This allowed the Colonels to start the game on the offensive end, which translated into a goal for the visitors with 13:07 left in the first quarter. Centre would score again a few minutes later, making it 2-0 early in the game. After five scoreless minutes, the Colonels would score their third goal of the day. The Petrels didn't allow another goal for the rest of the first quarter, and they continued that impressive defensive stand going into the second quarter. They held the Colonels for 15 scoreless minutes during that span. In the last four minutes of the period, the Petrels would give up two goals to allow the Colonels to build a 5-0 lead at the break.
 
The Colonels came out of halftime on a mission, though, scoring their sixth goal in the first minute of the third period. They followed that up with another goal with 12:29 left in the third. With 9:53 left in the period, the Petrels' freshman midfielder Dwayne Taylor would score the home side's first goal of the afternoon. The Colonels would respond by scoring three goals within two minutes, giving them a 10-1 advantage. In the final five minutes of the third quarter, the Colonels would score an additional three goals, pushing their lead out to 13-1. The Petrels started the final quarter holding the Colonels scoreless for the first five minutes until Centre would score back-to-back goals, making it 15-1. With 9:20 left in the game, the Petrels would score their second goal of the day, coming from junior midfielder Jibril Stapleton, with an assist from junior midfielder Nathaniel Gillespie. The Petrels would then hold the Colonels scoreless for another five minutes, while also scoring another goal, causing the lead to be reduced to 15-3 with 5:15 left in the fourth. Freshman attackman Charles Broome was the Petrel credited with the goal, and the assist went to Stapleton. The Petrels ended the game allowing two more goals in the final four minutes of play.
 
Despite the loss, the Petrels still had some great performances by key players. Gillespie lead his team with seven ground balls, as well as forcing two turnovers. Junior defenseman Andrew Kwapil earned four ground balls and led his team with three caused turnovers. The Petrels recorded 25 ground balls and successfully cleared the ball on 9 of 11 attempts.
 
The Petrels got their lone victory of the season on March 9 against Mount St. Joseph. They finish the season at 1-11 overall and 0-6 in SAA play.

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