BISON UNABLE TO OVERCOME SLOW START IN LOSS AT LAROCHE
March 14 - PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Bethany College men’s lacrosse team scored four goals in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a LaRoche side that posted eight goals in the first half and went on to a 14-5 victory Wednesday evening.
Each team scored in the early stages of the game, but the rest of the first half belonged to the Redhawks. LaRoche struck first on a goal by Steve Murphy at the 11:35 mark, but the Bison (0-4) countered less than 30 seconds later when sophomore Branden Wessells (Severna Park, Md.) scored an unassisted goal to make it a 1-1 game.
The Redhawks answered with seven consecutive goals to close out the first half. They posted four goals before the end of the first period and three more in the second quarter to build an 8-1 lead by halftime. Overall in the first half, LaRoche outshot BC 21-10.
Bethany posted the opening two goals of the third quarter to trim the deficit to 8-3. Sophomore Travis Granich (Huntington, W.Va.) scored an unassisted goal at the 10:40 mark and freshman Christian Simon (Sylvania, Ohio/Northview) notched a goal off an assist from freshman Vince Frammartino (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) at 4:47. However, another Redhawk run put the game out of reach, as the hosts scored six consecutive goals, two in the third and four more to open the fourth quarter.
The Bison completed the scoring with two goals in the final three minutes. Granich had his second of the game and junior Zach Gordon (Leesburg, Va./Heritage) scored his second of the year for his fourth point of the season. Although BC came up on the short end, they showed marked improvement once again from their first year, as LaRoche defeated the Green and White 21-2 last season.
Leading Bethany in ground balls in the setback was sophomore Corey Doneski (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck), who had five and now leads the squad with 17 this season. He also caused a team-high four turnovers. Sophomore Eric Sowinski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Seton-LaSalle) scooped up three ground balls as well, as did Granich.
In net, sophomore C.J. Studnicky (Severna Park, Md.) made 16 saves, including six in each of the last two quarters.
Bethany will continue its three-game road swing Saturday by traveling to King’s (Pa.) College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., for a 4 p.m. game.