BETHANY FALLS TO DIVISION II GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY
April 2 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Sophomore Zach Gordon (Leesburg, Va./Heritage) and freshman Kyle Romanek (Brunswick, Md.) both scored their third goals of the season, but visiting Grand Canyon University (Ariz.) pulled away for a 12-2 win Saturday at Bison Stadium.
The Antelopes (3-8), who were playing their second game in as many days after playing at Wheeling Jesuit Friday night, were held in check by the Bison defense early in the first quarter. Grand Canyon had five shots in the first five minutes, but missed the net on three and the other two were stopped by BC freshman goalie CJ Studnicky (Severna Park, Md.).
Grand Canyon finally broke through for a goal at the 9:39 mark, which sparked the visitors to three goals in a span of just 1:23. The ‘Lopes Kyle Bailey scored his second goal of the game with 4:34 left to give his team a 4-0 lead after one quarter.
The second period was low-scoring, as each team managed one score. Following a successful clear and a timeout, Bethany (1-7) posted its first goal when Gordon scored off an assist from freshman Robbie Foster (Greatbridge, Va.) to make it 4-1 with 11:29 left before halftime. Grand Canyon pushed its lead back to four goals heading into halftime when Konner Klein scored his second of the game with 2:16 left and it was a 5-1 score at intermission.
The third quarter was scoreless through the first eight minutes before another quick burst of goals gave GCU control. They scored three times in just 1:48 to extend their advantage to 8-1 and then added four more tallies early in the fourth for a 12-1 spread.
The final goal of the game was a well-executed run from start to finish for Bethany. Studnicky stopped a shot on one end and the Bison were able to clear on a long pass into the offensive end from senior Steve Mott (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge). His pass found Romanek, who carried it towards the goal and rifled a shot into the net for his third score of the season.
Although he faced 44 shots, the fourth-highest total of the year, Studnicky played a solid game in net, making 13 saves, his second-highest total of the season.
The Bison now head out on the road for three of their final four games, beginning Wednesday with a match-up at Saint Vincent set to begin at 4 p.m.