March 31 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Sophomore Travis Granich (Huntington, W.Va.) scored three goals and freshman Trey Moore (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) posted three points as well, but the Bethany College men’s lacrosse team suffered a 13-5 loss to visiting Thiel Saturday afternoon.
The first quarter was scoreless through the first eight minutes before the Tomcats (3-6) struck for three goals in just under four minutes. Bethany (1-8) notched its first goal just before the end of the quarter, as Moore scored off an assist from junior Zach Gordon (Leesburg, Va./Heritage) with only 13 seconds on the clock for a 3-1 Tomcat lead after one period.
The TC advantage grew to 6-1 with a trio of tallies in the first four minutes of the second quarter. The quarter started to have the look of the first, as the Bison scored one late to make it 6-2. Granich, who came into the game with three goals, recorded his first of the day off an assist from sophomore Dylan Radwanski (Toronto, Ohio) with 2:42 to go before halftime.
But before the Green and White could start to build momentum off that goal, Thiel scored three times in the final 2:17 of the second quarter to take a 9-2 lead into intermission. Then in the third quarter, three more Tomcat goals took the lead to 10 before Moore registered his second goal of the game, an unassisted tally with 28 seconds on the clock, to make it a 12-3 difference with one period to play.
Granich would score twice more in the fourth, one off an assist from sophomore Corey Doneski (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) and the other off a set-up from Moore to give him three goals for the day and six for the season. The Tomcats closed the scoring with a goal with only 33 seconds to play.
Bethany completed the game with 37 ground balls, including nine by Doneski. Sophomore goalie C.J. Studnicky (Severna Park, Md.) finished the game with 11 saves, including five in the fourth period.
The Bison will be back on the field Wednesday with a home game against Walsh (Ohio) College at 5 p.m.