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Bethany Sets New Scoring Record in 15-10 Win Over Hiram
March 16 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Led by senior Zach Gordon (Leesburg, Va./Heritage), who tied a program single-game record with five goals, the Bethany College lacrosse team established a new team scoring mark in defeating visiting Hiram 15-10 Saturday afternoon at Bison Stadium.
The win also raised BC’s record to 2-4 overall, the most wins by the Bison in a season since becoming a varsity program in 2011. Hiram fell to 0-3 with the defeat.
Bethany has found itself behind early in every game this year, but it was the Green and White who struck quickly in this one, as Gordon notched an unassisted goal with just 1:02 off the clock. The Terriers, answered right back 11 seconds later with the tying goal. The teams would swap scores again a couple minutes later when BC sophomore Trey Moore (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) ripped a shot into the mesh, which was answered a short time later by a Hiram goal to make it a 2-2 score with 6:35 left in the quarter.
The Bison would seize the momentum with three more goals by the end of the period to start a string of five straight. Senior Kyle Arrington (right - Jackson Twp., Ohio/Jackson) scored off an assist from Gordon to put BC in front and the final goals of the quarter came from Moore for his second unassisted strike of the day and Gordon, who finished off an assist from sophomore Brendan Wessells (Severna Park, Md.).
The second quarter saw Bethany sandwich four goals around a pair from Hiram. The Green and White’s lead swelled to 7-2 following goals from freshman Tim Pagano (Erie, Pa./Fort Leboeuf) off an assist from Gordon and Arrington again from a feed by junior Travis Granich (Huntington, W.Va.). After the Terriers struck back for two goals, Bethany’s lead expanded back up to 9-4 at halftime thanks to a Granich goal, assisted by Arrington, who then scored his third of the day off an assist from freshman Kyle Dashiell (Parsonsburg, Md./Wicomico).
The goals kept coming for the Bison early in the third period. Wessells picked up his first of the game just two minutes into the quarter off an assist from sophomore Vince Frammartino (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) and Gordon made it a hat trick with his goal 24 seconds later, which was assisted by Moore. After Hiram clipped one off the BC lead with another quick strike, Bethany put the lead to 12-5 when Wessells was assisted by Arrington for another score.
Gordon’s fourth goal of the day early in the fourth quarter had Bethany on top by a 13-6 margin, but the Terriers made a run to try to get back into the contest. Wessells recorded his third goal of the afternoon at the 11:25 mark, but it came amid a three-goal flurry from the visitors and when Greg Summers scored with 9:09 to play, Hiram’s deficit was down to 14-9.
Bison junior goalie C.J. Studnicky (Severna Park, Md.) stepped up in the fourth to ensure the Terriers would get no closer, as he made six of his 22 saves in the final stanza. Gordon wrapped up his huge day with his fifth goal, coming off a pass from Wessells, with five minutes left and Hiram could just score one more goal in the closing seconds to make the final margin closer.
The Bison are now off for a week before returning to game action when they host King’s (Pa.) College Saturday at 1 p.m.