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March 18 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Despite a season-high in goals as a team, including three by freshman Conley Bartelt (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park), the Bethany College men’s lacrosse team could not overcome a fourth-quarter offensive explosion from Division II Shorter (Ga.) University in a 20-5 loss Friday at Bison Stadium.

The Bison offense continues to make strides in its first season, as their 27 shots was a season-high and equaled the total the team posted in the first two games combined. Bartelt notched the team’s first goal with 2:27 left in the first quarter off an assist from freshman Brandon Schnupp (Pittsburgh, Pa./Seton-LaSalle), which made it a 2-1 Shorter lead after one quarter.

In the second quarter, sophomore Kyle Arrington (Jackson Twp., Ohio/Jackson) picked up an unassisted goal to keep Bethany within two goals at 4-2, but the Hawks scored twice in final 2:12 to build a 6-2 lead going into the break. Shorter then posted the only four scores of the third quarter to extend its margin to 10-2.

The Hawks erupted for 10 goals in the final quarter, but Bethany did manage to score three of their own to set the season-high in goals. Bartelt registered the opening goal of the stanza at 12:42 mark when he finished off a nice assist from sophomore Zach Gordon (Leesburg, Va./Heritage). Bartelt would strike again for his third of the game midway through the quarter off a pass from freshman Sam Breitenstein (Mohnton, Pa./Gov. Mifflin).

The final Bison goal came inside the final two minutes when freshman Robbie Foster (Greatbridge, Va.) picked up his first goal of the year off the game’s second assist from Schnupp.

Despite the number of goals scored by Shorter, freshman goalie C.J. Studnicky (Severna Park, Md.) made several good saves in net for the Green and White, as he stopped 14 Hawk attempts.

Bethany will have a short turnaround before being back on the field, as they travel to Robert Morris University outside Pittsburgh Saturday to take on fellow first-year program LaRoche at 10 a.m.