April 27 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Senior Kyle Arrington (Jackson Twp., Ohio/Jackson) had five goals, but the Bethany College lacrosse team could not slow down Baldwin Wallace, who posted a 20-11 victory over the Bison Saturday afternoon in the final regular season game for both teams.
The season is not over for Bethany, who will play in the first annual PAC Tournament beginning Wednesday. As the fourth seed, BC will travel to #1 Saint Vincent for a semifinal game, while #2 Washington & Jefferson and #3 Thiel square off in the other semifinal. Those two winners will play in the PAC Championship Game Saturday.
Baldwin Wallace (6-5) scored the first four goals of the game before the Bison (4-11) put two on the board late in the first quarter. Seniors Zach Gordon (right - Leesburg, Va./Heritage) and Arrington accounted for the two scores, but B-W added another just before the end of the quarter to build a 5-2 lead.
The Bison had the initial strike in the second period on a goal by sophomore Brendan Wessells (Severna Park, Md.), but the visitors would score five of the next six goals. Bethany’s lone score during that stretch was another Arrington goal off an assist from junior Travis Granich (Huntington, W.Va.), but the Yellow Jackets carried a 10-4 lead into halftime.
The third quarter saw offensive fireworks, as the teams combined for 11 goals. After B-W ripped off four straight to swell their cushion to 14-4, Bethany answered with five scores in a row. Wessells and Arrington had two each during the run and sophomore Kyle Lehosit (Bridgeport, W.Va.) had one as well to bring BC within 14-9. Baldwin Wallace stopped the Green and White momentum for a bit with two more goals before the end of the third for a 16-9 lead.
Bethany began the fourth quarter with a pair of goals. The senior duo up front accounted for them, as Gordon and Arrington (right) had unassisted goals and the Bison had trimmed the B-W lead to 16-11. Any comeback hopes were quickly dashed when the Yellow Jackets scored twice just over a minute after BC’s last goal and they would close the game with the last four goals for the final 20-11 margin.
Arrington finished the afternoon with six points on five goals and one assist and now sits at 36 goals and 49 points for the season. With his three goals, Wessells has 19 goals to his credit and Gordon, with two goals and one assist Saturday, upped his season numbers to 34 points (18 goals, 16 assists).
In addition to his assist, Granich scooped seven ground balls to lead the Bison, while Gordon and freshman Kyle Dashiell (Parsonsburg, Md./Wicomico) had four each. In goal, junior C.J. Studnicky (Severna Park, Md.) stopped 16 shots.