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BIG FIRST HALF PROPELS SHENANDOAH PAST BETHANY
April 7 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Visiting Shenandoah (Va.) University scored 12 first-half goals, including eight in the second period, as the Hornets defeated the Bethany College men’s lacrosse team 18-4 Saturday afternoon.
The visitors notched the opening two goals in the first five minutes of the game, but BC (1-9) cut the deficit in half with a goal with 5:34 to play. Junior Zach Gordon (Leesburg, Va./Heritage) helped force a turnover in the Hornets end and was able to fire a shot into the mesh with the goalie out of his crease to make it a 2-1 score.
Shenandoah (2-11) answered back with two scores before the end of the first quarter and erupted for eight consecutive goals in the second quarter. The Bison did post the final tally before halftime on a pretty play. Gordon was working to create space on the left side when he rifled a pass into the middle to a cutting Dylan Radwanski (Toronto, Ohio). The Bison sophomore made a clean catch and in one motion, fired into the goal for the score that made it a 12-2 SU lead at halftime.
The Hornets posted four more goals in the third quarter before Bethany closed the period with two scores. The Bison’s leading scorer, sophomore Branden Wessells (Severna Park, Md.) was finally able to break loose to score off an assist from freshman Kyle Lehosit (Bridgeport, W.Va.). It was the 11th goal of the year for Wessells and Lehosit’s third assist.
Then with 1:07 to go in the quarter, freshman Vince Frammartino (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) scored his second goal of the season. The tally was set up by nice defensive work from sophomore Corey Doneski (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck), who forced a turnover in the other end and led the charge into the offensive zone before passing off to Frammartino for the goal.
The scoring was completed with a pair of Hornet goals in the final quarter. The visitors recorded a 44-12 advantage in shots and forced 26 Bison turnovers. Sophomore goalie C.J. Studnicky (Severna Park, Md.) made 10 saves for Bethany in the game.
The Bison posted 33 ground balls in the setback, with Studnicky and freshmen David Zorn (Pittsburgh, Pa./Seton-LaSalle) and Trey Moore (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) all scooping five each.
Bethany will be in action again on Thursday, April 12th with a road game at Otterbein at 5 p.m.