April 11 – BETHANY, W.Va. – On a day that celebrated the first four-year varsity class in Bison lacrosse history, sophomore Tim Pagano (Erie, Pa./Fort Leboeuf) lifted Bethany with an overtime goal, that gave the Bison a 12-11 win over Bryn Athyn College on Friday.
The Bison struck first in the contest, as senior Brendan Wessells (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) notched his 11th goal of the season, putting the hosts up 1-0 at the 13:16 mark.
After the Lions responded just minutes later to tie the game 1-1, sophomore Grant Delaney (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) would put the Bison back up on his 23rd goal of the year with 11:08 to play in the frame.
Bryn Athyn would respond with two goals over the final 11 minutes of play, to carry a 3-2 advantage into the second period.
The second period saw the Lions add two more goals (5-2) before freshman Jake Holland (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) found the back of the net on a pass from Delaney with 7:02 remaining before halftime.
After the visitors pushed their lead back out to three (6-3), the Bison would storm back, receiving goals from both sophomore Kyle Dashiell (Parsonsburg, Md./Wicomico) and Holland, to trim the deficit to just one (6-5). The Lions would then score one more goal before halftime, as they entered the break with a 7-5 advantage.
The Bison would come out of the locker room engaged, as they cut the Lion lead to just one (7-6) on Delaney’s second goal of the contest at the 7:38 mark of the third frame.
After Bryn Athyn responded with a goal to push the score to 8-6, Delaney would once again find the back of the net for his third goal of the evening and squeeze the Lion lead to just one (8-7).
Both teams would play even for the remainder of the frame, with the Bison trailing by one goal, heading into the final period of play.
The Lions would begin the final period of regulation adding another goal to push the lead back out to two (9-7) with 12:01 to play.
The Bison would not go away, however, as Wessells netted his second goal of the night to bring the Bison to within one (9-8) with 9:31 to play.
Just a minute later, Granich would notch his first goal of the game, tying the game 9-9 with 8:17 remaining in the final frame.
Bethany would then score their third-consecutive goal and take the lead (10-9), after Delaney received a beautiful pass from Granich to put the Bison ahead with 4:26 to play.
The Bison lead would be short lived, however, as the Lions scored just 40 seconds later to tie the game 10-10 with 3:48 to play.
Then, with 2:39 remaining, Bryn Athyn would reclaim the lead (11-10) on a goal from Scott Witmyer.
Perhaps the play of the game came next, however, as the Bison were able force overtime after Delaney netted his fifth goal of the game with just seven seconds to play.
Regulation wouldn’t be enough for the two teams, as the game entered a four-minute overtime period.
The visitors got the first attempt at goal, but were stonewalled by an exceptional save by senior C.J. Studnicky (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park).
Then, with 1:27 remaining, Pagano would be the hero, scoring the game-winning goal on a pass from Granich to give the Bison the improbable 12-11 overtime triumph. The victory would also mark the first overtime win in program history.
Delaney, Granich and Holland led the way offensively for Bethany’s final home contest. Delaney scored a team-high five goals, while also adding an assist. Granich went out in style, notching the second most assists in single-game history with five. He also notched a goal. Holland chipped in two goals and two assists each.
Others that played well included Wessells, senior Kenneth Lindley (Bentleyville, Pa./Bentworth), freshman Evan Bender (Wheeling, W. Va./Wheeling Park) and senior Dylan Radwanski (Toronto, Ohio/Toronto). Wessells played well on senior night, scoring a pair of goals, while Lindley picked up three ground balls. Bender was effective on the defensive end, picking up three ground balls and forcing a turnover. Radwanski was able to cause a team-high four turnovers.
Goalie Stunicky did a fabulous job keeping the Lions at bay and controlling the net. He finished his final home contest with 14 saves on 46 Bryn Athyn shots.
Before the game, the six Bison seniors who were playing in their final home game, were honored. The six that were honored were Radwanski, Studnicky, Wessells, Lindley, Granich and Zak Cofini (Pittsburgh, Pa./Keystone Oaks)
The Bison will wrap up their season on April 26, when they travel to Buena Vista, Virginia for a battle with the Knights of Southern Virginia University. Game time is slated for 1:00 p.m.