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March 3 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College men’s lacrosse team opened its first season as the 21st varsity sport at the school with a loss to Division II St. Andrews Presbyterian College out of North Carolina Thursday afternoon at Bison Stadium.

The Bison (0-1) fell behind early to the Knights (1-4), who were playing their fifth match of the season. St. Andrews scored 11 goals in the opening quarter and added six more in the second to build a 17-0 halftime cushion.

Bethany’s first goal came early in the third quarter. The Knights won the faceoff to open the second half and had the first shot of the period, but Bison freshman goalie C.J. Studnicky (Severna Park, Md.) made the save and BC would successfully clear.

On the ensuing possession, an initial shot by Bethany sophomore Kyle Arrington (Jackson Twp., Pa./Jackson) was high, but the Bison maintained control. The Green and White took advantage of the second opportunity when Arrington scored on a shot with 12:17 to play in the quarter for his first goal, an unassisted tally.

After that, the Knights would post six more goals before the end of the third quarter and the teams played through a scoreless fourth period. Leading St. Andrews in the win was Daniel Shields with four goals and four assists.

For the Bison, Arrington fired a team-high three shots and scooped up three groundballs. Freshman defender Corey Doneski (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) also gathered in three grounders, while Studnicky made 12 saves in the setback.

Bethany will be back in action Saturday afternoon with a road game at Walsh University in Ohio at 3 p.m.