EARLY LEAD SLIPS AWAY FROM BISON IN 7-4 LOSS TO ALVERNIA
March 8 - BETHANY, W.Va. –The Bethany College men’s lacrosse team scored the first two goals in Thursday’s game against Alvernia (Pa.) University and led 3-2 after one quarter, but the Crusaders came back to pull out a 7-4 victory.
The game had a nice start for the Bison (0-3), who scored twice in the first four minutes. Freshman Trey Moore (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) opened the scoring with an unassisted goal, his fourth of the year, just 2:28 into the contest. Just a little over a minute later, BC doubled their lead when sophomore Dylan Radwanski (Toronto, Ohio) finished off a set-up from junior Zach Gordon (Leesburg, Va./Heritage).
The Crusaders (2-2) got on the board for the first time with a score by Colin Gallagher at the 6:04 mark of the quarter, but Bethany answered to go back in front by two. Freshman Christian Simon (Sylvania, Ohio/Northview) scored off an assist by Moore and it was a 3-1 Green and White advantage. Alvernia would manage to trim one goal off that lead with a score in the closing seconds of the first period.
The second quarter was controlled by the visitors, who had a 16-6 shot advantage in the frame. After tying the game with an even-strength goal two minutes into the period, Alvernia took advantage of two Bethany penalties to score goals in man-up situations to take a 5-3 lead going into halftime. Gallagher scored his third goal of the game at 10:34 and Paul Tarnacki found the mesh with a shot with 5:08 to play before halftime to make it a 5-3 Crusader lead at the break.
The only goal of the third quarter was scored late by Alvernia to extend their margin to 6-3. The Bison finally snapped the Crusaders’ string of five straight scores late in the fourth period. Following a penalty to AU, Bethany took advantage of the man-up situation when sophomore Branden Wessells (Severna Park, Md.) scored off a pass from Gordon with 2:42 left to go. While BC was hoping the score would provide momentum for a late comeback, Alvernia squashed those hopes by scoring less than 30 seconds later to make the final score 7-4.
The Bison suffered the loss despite managing 41 shots, which was a season-high and the second-most in a game by the program in its two years. Simon and Wessells both had nine shots to lead BC, while sophomore Corey Doneski (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) gathered in a team-high six ground balls. In addition to his goal and assist, Moore totaled four ground balls to match sophomore Travis Granich (Huntington, W.Va.).
In net for Bethany was sophomore C.J. Studnicky (Severna Park, Md.), who made 14 stops, including eight in the first half.
The Bison will now hit the road for three consecutive games, beginning next Wednesday, March 14th with a match-up at LaRoche at 5 p.m.