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Feb. 27 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Freshman Trey Moore (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) and sophomore Branden Wessells (Severna Park, Md.) both scored two goals, but it wasn’t enough, as the Bethany College men’s lacrosse team began the 2012 season with an 8-7 loss to visiting Hanover (Ind.) College Monday afternoon.

The teams alternated goals in the opening quarter. After the Panthers (1-1) scored with 3:31 off the clock, Moore made a strong run from out by midfield and answered with an unassisted tally with 9:08 left in the period. Less than 30 seconds later, Hanover’s Luke Karnick scored, but as the quarter wound down, BC tied it at 2-2 when junior Zach Gordon (Leesburg, Va./Heritage) scored off an assist from freshman Kyle Lehosit (Bridgeport, W.Va.).

The second quarter was controlled by the defense, as neither team scored until just before halftime. With only 23 ticks on the clock, Wessells notched his first goal of the game and his unassisted score gave the Green and White a 3-2 margin at halftime.

Bethany’s lead grew to 4-2 early in the second half when sophomore Dylan Radwanski (Toronto, Ohio) fired a shot into the mesh off a feed from freshman Christian Simon (Sylvania, Ohio/Northview). Less than a minute later, the Panthers struck back with a score, but that was answered at the 8:27 mark when Moore posted his second goal of the contest for a 5-3 BC lead.

After that, Hanover would take over the majority of the scoring. The Panthers notched three consecutive goals, with strikes coming from Derek Coe and Josh Green late in the third quarter and Karnick registering another just 58 seconds into the fourth quarter to give his team a 6-5 lead. Bethany drew even at 8:25 with Wessells’ second goal, but it only took 24 seconds for the visitors to regain the lead on a goal by Green.

The visitors’ lead went to 8-6 with another Green tally midway through the final quarter, but Bethany mounted a comeback with a goal by Simon to draw within one with 3:44 left. The Bison managed to regain possession with 24 seconds to play and went deep into enemy territory, but before they could squeeze off a shot, the Panthers a loose ball and time expired, giving Hanover the slim victory.

Sophomore goalie C.J. Studnicky (Severna Park, Md.) had a strong start to his second year in net, making 18 saves, including six in the second quarter to keep the Panthers off the board. Hanover’s Addison Sears stopped five shots to gain the win.

Bethany will take to the road for the first time this season Wednesday by traveling to Wooster for a 5 p.m. game.