BETHANY, W. Va. - In a non-conference matchup on the road, the Bridgewater Eagles men's lacrosse team snapped its six-game skid with a 16-1 victory over Bethany College.
At the outset of the contest, the two teams traded goals to tie up in a 1-1 deadlock before the Eagles took over. Bridgewater attacker Joshua Frey put the Eagles on the board in the first minute with an unassisted goal to build a 1-0 lead.
Bethany responded with 13:34 remaining on the first quarter clock to knot the game up at a goal each but it was as close as the Bison would get as the Eagles controlled the remainder of the contest.
Freshman Isaac Ortiz broke the deadlock with a goal with 11:52 to play in the first, before Frey netted his second goal of the game just 16 seconds later off of a pass from Derrick Daniels to build a 3-1 Bridgewater advantage.
Attacker Nathan Muckle and Daniels scored over the final minutes of the first quarter to established a 5-1 Eagles lead after the first frame.
Following a scoreless first five minutes of the third, the Eagles added three more goals in the second stanza to open up an 8-1 advantage at the break. Sam Cheplick opened the second-quarter scoring with a goal with under 10 minutes to play in the first half when he took a Kevin Ashcraft pass and snuck a shot past the keeper to build a five-goal lead.
Bridgewater dominated play in the opening half, taking a 39-3 advantage in shots. The Eagles also won 10 of the 11 first-half face offs and were a perfect 14-of-14 in clear attempts.
The Eagles tacked on seven goals in a lopsided third quarter as Bridgewater extended its lead to 15-1 with a quarter to play.
Ashcraft netted three goals in the quarter and assisted on two others, while Billy Lentz, Frey, Maher and Muckle each got on the scoreboard during the frame.
Midfielder Jason Gerst rounded out the scoring for the Eagles with a goal with two minutes and change to play to hand Bridgewater an easy 16-1 victory.
Bridgewater owned a 75-10 advantage in shots and was led by the play of Ashcraft. The freshman scored three goals and assisted on three others in a six-point game. Ashcraft's six-point game eclipses his former career-high of five against Oglethorpe and matches the program record set by Rob Simmons against Transylvania.
Sophomore Joey Van Goidtsnoven scooped up a game-high seven ground balls as the Eagles owned a 67-32 advantage in ground balls.
Bethany's offense was paced by the play of Brenden Wessells and Kyle Arrington. Wessells netted the lone goal for the Bison while Arrington registered four shots in the loss.
Netminder CJ Studnicky turned away 34 Bridgewater shots to pick up the loss.
Bridgewater is back in action on Wednesday at home when it hosts Shenandoah. Opening face off against the Hornets is set for 3:30 p.m.