BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Two early goals gave the Bridgewater Eagles men's lacrosse team a first-quarter lead but it wasn't enough as the Eagles fell to 16th-ranked Roanoke College by a 22-3 tally on Wednesday afternoon at Jopson Field.
Roanoke (10-3, 6-0 ODAC) took the opening faceoff and sprinted down field to score the first goal of the game as Richard Lachlan netted the go-ahead goal but Bridgewater wasted little time in answering the Maroons' tally.
The Eagles took the ensuing faceoff and worked the ball into the offensive end before Derrick Daniels dished a pass to Joshua Frey and Frey found the back of the cage to tie the contest, 1-1, with 13:48 to go in the first quarter.
Bridgewater (3-8, 0-6 ODAC) took its first lead of the game just over a minute later. Off of a save from net minder Andrew Buss, the Eagles recorded a successful clear and pushed the ball into the offensive end. With 12:35 to go in the first, Daniels stuck a shot by the Roanoke keeper and put the Eagles out in front 2-1.
Following the Daniels goal, Roanoke controlled play for the remainder of the half, scoring 12 unanswered goals as the Maroons took a 13-2 lead into the locker room.
In the opening half of play, the Eagles registered 11 shots to 29 shots for the Maroons.
Out of the intermission, the Maroons tallied the first three goals of the second half until the Eagles got back on the board in the latter part of the third quarter. With 4:09 left on the third-quarter clock, Rob Simmons took a Kameron Reppe pass and ripped a shot past the Roanoke goalie to trim the Maroons' lead to 16-3.
Over the final 19-plus minutes of play, Roanoke scored six goals and held the Eagles off of the scoreboard as Bridgewater fell by a 22-3 tally in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) action.
Frey, Daniels and Simmons each tallied a goal for the Eagles in the loss, with Daniels pacing the offense with a two-point effort after assisting on the first Bridgewater goal of the game.
Buss picked up the loss in the cage, turning away 15 Roanoke shots across the opening 42 minutes, 37 seconds of play. Shane Trost finished out the contest and made four saves over the final 17-plus minutes of action.
Freshman Sam Cheplick led the Eagles with seven ground balls on the game.
Three Roanoke players registered three goals each in the win with Will Pilat's five-point effort leading the way for the Maroons offense. Roanoke outshot Bridgewater by a 58-18 tally on the afternoon.
In the cage, Charles Pease earned the win after making one save over the first quarter of play. The Maroons used five goalkeepers in the game and the group combined for nine saves.
Brayden Gerrie tallied a team-high seven ground balls for the Maroons in the win as Roanoke owned a 59-43 advantage in ground balls.
Face offs were effectively even, with Roanoke holding a slim 15-13 advantage in face offs won. Cheplick won nine face offs on the afternoon to lead the way for the Eagles.
Bridgewater is back in action on Saturday at Bethany (W. Va.) Start time is set for 4:30 p.m.