Feb. 21 – WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Bethany College lacrosse team opened the 2014 campaign by receiving a goal from three different seniors, but dropped a 13-3 decision to the Presidents of Washington & Jefferson on Friday evening.
The first period of play was an even affair, as neither team could get on the scoreboard until the last 10 seconds of the opening frame. C.J. Studnicky (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) stopped three shots in the first period but finally succumbed to a Max Kroll shot in the waning seconds, as the Presidents nabbed a 1-0 lead at the end of one.
In period number two, W&J would tack on three more goals from three different players over the first 10 minutes to jump ahead 4-0. Then, with 2:08 remaining in the half, senior Travis Granich (Huntington, W. Va./Huntington) netted his first goal of the season to cut the deficit to 4-1. The teams would go into the half with the Bison trailing by the same score.
Despite being outshot 23-7 over the first half, Studnicky kept the Bison in the ball game, making 10 saves in the opening half to keep Bethany within striking distance.
In the second half, W&J would pull away, scoring nine goals in the half. Bethany would get goals from Brendan Wessells (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) in the third period and Dylan Radwanski (Toronto, Ohio/Toronto) in the fourth, but would ultimately fall in the season-opening contest.
For the game, Granich led the way, totaling two points on the day with a goal and an assist on Radwanski’s first of the season. Studnicky was solid defensively for the Bison, as he totaled 19 saves on the day.
Freshman Caleb Staudenbaur (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Kenston) had a solid first career game defensively, causing three turnovers and totaling five ground balls on the day. Dominic Halstead (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) and Jake Holland (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) also notched five ground balls in the contest.
The Bison will be back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 26, as they host Hanover College. The Bison’s home opener is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. start.