BRIDGEWATER, Va. – On Tuesday afternoon at Jopson Field, the Bridgewater Eagles men's lacrosse team scored first but couldn't hold off a first-half rally by the visiting Ferrum Panthers as the Eagles fell by a 14-6 score in non-conference action.
In a slow moving start to the contest, the Eagles got on the board first when Thomas Maher scored a man-up goal with 9:10 to go in the first stanza to hand the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
Just over two minutes later, the Panthers netted the equalizer when Andrew Senft took a Nick Smith pass and fired a shot by the keeper to tie the game up at a goal each with 6:59 left in the opening frame.
Ferrum took the lead on a Tyler Poage shot to own a 2-1 lead, which is how things would remain at the conclusion of the first quarter.
Bridgewater knotted the game up midway through the second quarter when Sean LeBlanc posted a goal with a man-down to tie the score, 2-2, with 9:57 remaining in the first half.
Ferrum controlled play across the rest of the first half netting four unanswered goals, including a man-up goal to open the run, as the Panthers took a comfortable 6-2 lead into the locker room.
Across the opening 30 minutes, both teams were relatively even in opportunities despite Ferrum's four-goal lead. The Panthers owned a slim 21-14 lead in shots in the opening half of play while Bridgewater netminder Andrew Buss was impressive with 11 first-half saves.
Ferrum opened up an eight-goal lead midway through the third quarter as the Panthers extended their first-half run with four more unanswered goals as the Eagles stared down a 10-2 deficit with 7:29 left in the third.
Freshman Derrick Daniels ended the Ferrum push with a goal off of a Nick Pray pass to trim the gap to 10-3 with 4:46 to go in the third. Ferrum netted the final goal of the third on an Andy Wilson shot to take an 11-3 lead into the final frame.
Bridgewater opened the scoring in a chippy fourth quarter with a Nick Pray man-up tally. Pray netted his lone goal of the game off of a pass from Kevin Ashcraft with 13:20 to go in the contest to cut the Ferrum lead to 11-4.
Ferrum responded with back-to-back man-up goals to push the lead to 13-4 before the Eagles answered with two goals of their own. With 4:54 to go, Joshua Frey scored on a pass from Curtis Hughes before Ashcraft netted a man-up goal 54 ticks later for the final Bridgewater goal of the game, making the score 13-6 in favor of the Panthers.
Ferrum scored the final goal of the game when Dylan Burdick netted a man-up tally off of a pass from Sneft with 2:14 to play to finalize the scoring and send Ferrum home with a 14-6 victory over the Eagles.
Ashcraft led six Eagles with a goal each in the contest as the freshman posted a team-high six shots on the afternoon while the Eagles were outshot by a 39-to-29 tally.
Buss turned away 17 shots to pick up the loss. Freshman Austen Johnson played the final five minutes of the game and faced just one shot.
LeBlanc led the Eagles in ground balls with eight, while Buss added seven.
Four different Ferrum players post a multi-goal performance in the victory, led by Smith's two goals on a game-high nine shots.
Panthers netminder Damian Pulos recorded a dozen saves to earn the win.
Ferrum owned a 58-to-47 edge in ground balls and was led by six ground balls each from Brennan Reeder and Smith.
Bridgewater is back in action on Sunday at Oglethorpe. Start time is set for 3 p.m.