Men's lacrosse defeats Concordia Chicago in dramatic fashion

Men's lacrosse defeats Concordia Chicago in dramatic fashion

The Oglethorpe men's lacrosse team scored a game-tying goal with nine seconds left in regulation and a sudden-death goal in overtime Friday night to knock off Concordia Chicago 9-8 at a neutral site in Cincinnati. Sophomore middie Brian Green scored both goals for the Stormy Petrels, who improved to 2-1 on the young season with the victory.

Those served as Green's only two goals of the game, but he made them count. His pair of tallies came after the Cougars scored four straight goals to erase a 6-4 deficit early in the third quarter and turn it into an 8-6 lead with 9:35 remaining in the game. Concordia Chicago remained ahead by two goals entering the final three minutes of regulation. However, junior attackman Cameron Ritter gave the Petrels a chance with 2:48 remaining. They remained behind 8-7, though, until Green scored off an assist from freshman middie Trevon Burkhead with just nine seconds on the clock. That sent the game into a four-minute sudden-death overtime period. Green finished the proceedings with an unassisted goal with 1:46 left in the extra frame.

The teams scored two goals each in the first period, with Oglethorpe's markers coming from freshman middie Michael Burdge at the 6:37 mark and Ritter with 21 seconds left in the period. The Cougars briefly took a 3-2 lead early in the second, but the Petrels answered with three of the final four goals of the half. Burdge and Ritter scored a pair at the 9:40 and 7:15 marks of the quarter, respectively, then Burkhead found the net with just 1:40 remaining in the half, giving his team a 5-4 lead. Burdge scored in the opening two minutes of the second half to give Oglethorpe their two-goal lead.

Ritter and Burdge led the way for the Petrels with three goals apiece. Green scooped four ground balls while freshman goalie Addison Irwin caused four turnovers and made 13 saves.

The Petrels outshot Concordia Chicago 26-21 on goal and forced 31 Cougar turnovers. They were also successful on 24 of 30 clear attempts and scooped 30 ground balls. 

Oglethorpe will be back in action from Cincinnati on Sunday, when they take on host Mount St. Joseph at 1 p.m.