BISON LACROSSE SEASON CLOSES WITH LOSS AT SHENANDOAH
April 23 - WINCHESTER, Va. –Sophomore Kyle Arrington (Jackson Twp., Ohio/Jackson) scored twice, but Shenandoah (Va.) University posted 11 second-half goals to pull away for a 16-4 win over the Bethany College men’s lacrosse team in the Bison’s season finale.
The opening quarter was evenly matched, with Shenandoah posting seven shots and BC (1-11) totaling six. The Hornets (1-13) scored the only goal of the period with an unassisted goal by Bryan Pope at the 7:12 mark. Bethany freshman goalie C.J. Studnicky (Severna Park, Md.) made four saves in the first 15 minutes to keep it a one-goal game heading into the second quarter.
The Bison struck for the first two goals of the second stanza to take a short-lived lead. Freshman Julius Dixon (Montgomery Village, Md./Clarksburg) tied the game with an unassisted goal, his first of the year, with 9:33 to go before halftime. Bethany went in front 2-1 with an unassisted score by Arrington at the 6:59 mark. The BC advantage didn’t last long, as the Hornets won the ensuing faceoff and tied the game with a goal just eight seconds later.
Shenandoah used that goal to build momentum and they scored three more times before intermission to take a 5-2 lead. The third quarter was scoreless until a late Hornets eruption put the game out of reach. The home team struck for five goals in the final 5:21 of the quarter to swell their cushion to 10-2.
Bethany would score twice more in the final quarter, but the Hornets tacked on six more goals to make the final margin 16-4. Arrington, who finished as the Bison’s leading scorer, added another goal in the fourth, which came off an assist from freshman Kyle Romanek (Brunswick, Md.). The final Green and White goal came from sophomore Zach Gordon (Leesburg, Va./Heritage), his fifth goal of the year, at the 6:27 mark.
Arrington, who totaled 16 goals and 21 points to lead Bethany in its first varsity season, completed the year with a strong game. He had two goals on nine shots and six ground balls while causing four turnovers. Freshman Travis Granich (Huntington, W.Va.) scooped up a team-leading eight ground balls in the setback, while freshman Corey Doneski (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) finished with five ground balls and caused four turnovers.
In net, Studnicky made 10 of his 15 saves in the first half.
The contest was also the final one for senior Steve Mott (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge), who played in 11 games this year, including nine starts on defense and had one assist. He was the lone senior on this year’s roster, so 19 players are eligible to return for Bethany’s second year next spring.