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March 12 - READING, Pa. –The Bethany College men’s lacrosse team was outshot by just a 20-19 margin but Alvernia (Pa.) University goalie Kevin Shupp stopped 13 shots to lead the Crusaders (2-1) to a 9-0 victory over the Bison (0-2) Saturday afternoon.

Alvernia struck for two goals in the opening five minutes of the game and added a third late in the first quarter. The Crusaders, who held a 14-6 shot advantage in the opening half, tacked on two more in the second quarter and took a 5-0 lead into halftime.

The Crusaders won the opening faceoff of the third quarter, but a turnover gave possession to Bethany. The Bison had the first shot of the half but freshman Robbie Foster’s (Greatbridge, Va.) attempt was denied by Shupp. A short time later, a BC penalty gave Alvernia a man-advantage and they capitalized with a score at the 11:49 mark.

The home team added another goal later in the third quarter and put two more scores up in the fourth. Bethany threatened several times to put a goal on the board, as they outshot the Crusaders 13-6 following halftime, but Shupp turned away eight of those tries to keep the Bison off the scoreboard and send Alvernia to the win.

Foster led Bethany in shot attempts with six, while freshman Conley Bartelt (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) totaled five shots and five ground balls. The top ground ball numbers in the game were turned in by freshman Corey Doneski (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) and sophomore Hunter Madsen (New Philadelphia, Ohio) with seven apiece.

The Bison will return to action March 18 with a home game against Division II Shorter (Ga.) College at Bison Stadium in a 1 p.m. start.