March 16 – BETHANY, W.Va. – Grant Delaney (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) recorded his second hat trick of the year, but it wasn’t enough as the Bethany Lacrosse team fell to Alma College 8-5 on Sunday afternoon.
The Scots opened the first period by scoring three goals, including one apiece from Alex Novak, Marshall Argenta and Tyler Bennett.
Both teams would go scoreless in the second period, as Alma would take a 3-0 lead heading into intermission.
After the Scots opened the third frame with a goal to push their lead out to 4-0, Bethany would begin to climb back into the game, receiving its first score from Travis Granich (Huntington, W.Va./Huntington) on an assist from Kyle Dashiell (Parsonsburg, Md./Wicomico) with 11:56 remaining in the period.
Alma would counter, however, retaking a four-goal lead (5-1) after Kyle Schnitzer found the back of the net at the 9:53 mark.
Bethany would then receive two goals from Delaney over the final eight minutes, trimming the Scots' lead to 5-3 heading into the fourth period.
The final frame started out promising for the Bison, as Brendan Wessells (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) notched his first goal of the game on a pass from Delaney at the 14:09 mark, cutting the deficit to just one (5-4).
Alma would then respond, scoring two goals over a 30-second span to push the lead back out to 7-4 with 11:02 remaining in the contest.
Delaney would then bring the Bison to within two (7-5) with 7:40 left, scoring on a pass from Evan Bender (Wheeling, W. Va./Wheeling Park).
That would be as close as Bethany would get, however, as Alma tacked on another goal en route to capturing an 8-5 victory.
The Bison offense was spearheaded by Delaney, Granich and Wessells. Delaney registered a game-high three goals to go along with one assist. Granich totaled two points, inlcuding a goal and assist, while Wessells chipped in with one goal on the day.
Goalie C.J. Studnicky (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) did a solid job protecting the net for the Bison, notching 17 saves on 35 shots.
The Bison will hit the field next on Wednesday, March 19, when they travel to Berea, Ohio for a battle with Baldwin Wallace University. Start time is slated for 7:00 p.m.