March 20 - VIENNA, W.Va. – The Bethany College men’s lacrosse team scored the opening three goals in its game Tuesday at Ohio Valley University, but the Scots responded with eight of the next nine scores and held off a late BC rally for an 8-6 triumph.
The Bison (0-6) were flying early, with three goals in the first quarter. Freshman Trey Moore (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin-Scioto) opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 12:06 mark, which was followed just 1:24 later with a tally by junior Zach Gordon (Leesburg, Va./Heritage) off an assist by sophomore Corey Doneski (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck). The final goal of the flurry came at 3:01 when sophomore Brenden Wessells (Severna Park, Md.) scored unassisted for a 3-0 lead.
Ohio Valley got on the board for the first time just 30 seconds after Wessells goal to make it a 3-1 game after one period. The Scots then capitalized on their chances in the second quarter, finding the mesh on four of their seven shots in the period. The tying goal came when they were a man down and the hosts took a 5-3 halftime lead on scores with 6:37 and 2:09 to go in the quarter.
Bethany began the second half on a high note, as they used an Ohio Valley penalty to score a man up. Freshman Christian Simon (Sylvania, Ohio/Northview) finished off a pass from freshman Adrian Jordan (Bel Air, Md.) and BC was back within a goal at 5-4. Ohio Valley then extended its lead with two late goals in the period to take a 7-4 lead to the fourth.
The Green and White deficit grew to 8-4 with an OVU tally with 10:39 left in the game. But Bethany’s offense tried valiantly to get back in the contest, as they held a 13-3 shot advantage in the fourth quarter. The Bison chipped one goal off the deficit with 8:42 to play when Gordon scored unassisted and BC was within two when Gordon notched his third goal with 1:59 left. Bethany managed to fire off four more shots in the final 1:11 of the game, but they could not score again and time ran out on the comeback attempt.
The Bison finished the game with a 35-26 advantage in shots, but Ohio Valley goalies Harley Gadomski and Tyler Ross combined to make 15 saves. In the BC cage, sophomore C.J. Studnicky (Severna Park, Md.) stopped six shots.
Gordon was the big scorer in the game with three goals, while Doneski had eight ground balls to go with his assist. Sophomore Eric Sowinski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Seton-LaSalle) had a solid game with seven ground balls as well.
Now with their three-game road swing over, Bethany returns home for five consecutive home dates. The first will be Sunday when they host Alma (Mich.) College at 1 p.m.