DEMOREST, Ga. – In a low scoring affair on Wednesday night, the Bridgewater Eagles men's lacrosse team took an early lead over Piedmont but overcome a third-quarter run from the Lions as the Eagles dropped a tight 5-4 non-conference contest on the road.
Following a more than seven minute scoreless stretch to open play, the Eagles got on the board first with 7:40 to go in the opening quarter when Derrick Daniels found the back of the net to put Bridgewater in front 1-0.
Less than four minutes later, the Eagles netted an insurance goal when freshman Nick Pray beat the keeper to build a 2-0 Bridgewater advantage.
In the waning seconds of the first stanza, the Lions got on the board off of a Spencer Ortis goal to trim the Bridgewater lead to 2-1 after the opening 15 minutes of play.
Piedmont wasted little time in netting the equalizer when Branson Mikell found the back of the net, tying the game up at two goals each with 14 minutes to go in the opening half.
Freshman Sam Cheplick gave Bridgewater the lead back with an unassisted tally with 7:12 to go in the second quarter as the Eagles owned a 3-2 lead at the break.
Bridgewater controlled play in the opening half, outshooting Piedmont by a 22-9 tally. The Eagles also forced 18 turnovers in the first half, while committing just seven miscues.
Out of the halftime break, play remained in the favor of Bridgewater, but it was Piedmont finding the back of the net on three occasions. Taylor Carter netted a goal off of a Nick Green pass with 9:48 to go in the third, knotting the game up, 3-3. Green netted the go-ahead goal for the Lions with 3:26 to go in the third stanza, before Carter scored again with 66 ticks to play in the third frame to push Piedmont in front by a 5-3 tally as the game headed to the final quarter.
Freshman Landon Elmore got the Eagles back on the board with 13:40 to play, chipping the Piedmont lead to 5-4.
Bridgewater peppered the Piedmont net over the final 15 minutes, outshooting the Lions by a 14-2 tally, but couldn't net the equalizer as the Lions escaped with a 5-4 victory.
The Eagles outshot Piedmont by a 46-20 margin on the evening with Daniels' nine-shot effort leading the way for the Bridgewater offense. Four different players scored for Bridgewater in the loss.
Daniels also scooped up four ground balls to pace the Eagles as Piedmont outpaced Bridgewater by a slim 28-24 tally in ground balls.
Netminder Andrew Buss turned away 10 shots in the loss.
Carter led the Piedmont offense with two goals on five shots, while Ortiz posted a goal on four shots for the Lions.
Mic Baker rejected 17 Bridgewater shots to earn the win in the net.
Bridgewater is back in action on Saturday at Hampden-Sydney as the Eagles open the 2013 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) slate. Start time against the Tigers is set for 1 p.m.