April 20 - STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Senior Kyle Arrington (Jackson Twp., Ohio/Jackson) scored the go-ahead goal with 4:24 left and sophomore Brendan Wessells (Severna Park, Md.) added a key insurance goal less than a minute later, as the Bethany College men’s lacrosse team pulled out a 12-10 victory at Franciscan Saturday afternooon.
Arrington scored the opening goal of the game off an assist from Wessells at the 12:22 mark of the first quarter and BC (4-9) never trailed. That’s not to say it was an easy win for the Bison, as Franciscan (1-12) scored 39 seconds after Bethany’s goal for the first of six ties in the game.
The Bison scored two consecutive goals in the second quarter, one from freshman Kyle Dashiell (Parsonsburg, Md./Wicomico) and the other from senior Zach Gordon (Leesburg, Va./Heritage), to take a two-goal lead and another score by Wessells made it a 5-3 margin with 3:23 left in the half. The Barons would trim it back down to a one-goal difference by scoring with 33 seconds to play in the half and it was a 5-4 Bison lead at halftime.
Bethany wrapped goals by Arrington and Wessells around a Franciscan score to make a 7-5 lead midway through the third quarter but the home team scored twice in a minute and a half to even the score at 7-7. The teams then swapped goals until a Franciscan score with 6:54 to play in the fourth quarter had the teams even again at 10-10.
The Bison caught the break they needed when the Barons were whistled for a penalty and BC had a man-up situation. It took just a short time for Bethany to take advantage, as Arrington scored off an assist from Gordon at the 4:24 mark to put Bethany in front for good. It was the fifth goal of the half for Arrington and sixth of the game, which ties his own school record set earlier this year in a win over Southern Virginia.
Just 52 seconds later, Bethany would add a key insurance goal, as Wessells (right) notched an unassisted score, his third of the afternoon, and BC went on to their fourth victory of the season. The Bison attack was led by Arrington’s efforts, but Gordon completed the day with two goals and three assists and Wessells finished with four points, including a trio of goals. Leading Bethany in ground balls was junior Travish Granich (Huntington, W.Va.), who had five as well as one assist.
Junior C.J. Studnicky (Severna Park, Md.) was the starter in net for the Green and White and turned aside 14 shots, including five in the second half.
Bethany will be back on the field Sunday afternoon with a home tilt against invading Wesley (Del.) College at 1 p.m.