March 8 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bethany men’s lacrosse team used strong all-around performances from Jake Holland (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) and Travis Granich (Huntington, W.Va./Huntington) en route to defeating Defiance College (20-3) on Saturday afternoon.
The Bison were ready to play in this contest, scoring eight goals in the first period of action. Holland and Granich highlighted the Bison outburst, as each notched a hat trick in the first 15 minutes of action. The Bison also received goals from both Dylan Radwanski (Toronto, Ohio/Toronto) and Grant Delaney (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster).
The second period was more of the same as the Bison added six more goals, including two more from Holland and one apiece from each Brendan Wessells (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park), Kenneth Lindley (Bentleyville, Pa./Bentworth), Radwanski and Delaney. Using that big first half surge, Bethany would enter intermission with a 14-0 lead.
The Bison played extremely well on both sides of the field in the first two periods, outshooting the Yellow Jackets 35-11, while forcing the visitors into 17 turnovers.
Bethany continued their high level of play in the third period, scoring three more goals, the last of which coming from Granich with just 30 seconds to play.
The fourth period saw the Bison finish the game in complete control, as they would cruise to a 20-3 triumph.
Offensively the Bison were spearheaded by Holland, who had a performance to remember. He would finish the contest tying the Bison single-game record for both goals in a game (8) and points in a game (9). He also tallied a team-high five ground balls.
Granich, Radwanski and Delaney also had impressive outings in the victory. Granich, who recorded his first hat trick of the season, notched seven points, which included four goals and three assists. Radwanski joined the hat trick party, scoring three goals and adding one assist. Delaney tallied five points on the day, including a team-high three assists.
Defensively, the Bison forced the Yellow Jackets into 36 turnovers throughout the course of the game. Leading the way was Caleb Staudenbaur (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Kenston), who forced a team-high four turnovers, while Aaron Bynum (Prince Frederick, Md./Calvert) and Matt Chicoine (New Cumberland, Pa./Mechanicsburg) each grabbed four ground balls apiece.
The Bison will be back in action on Saturday, March 15, as they travel to Alma College. The contest is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.