Five Goals from Frey Leads Men’s Lacrosse to First Conference Victory
BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Freshman Joshua Frey registered a career high five goals and assisted on another to lead the Bridgewater Eagles men's lacrosse team to its first Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) win in program history with a 10-8 victory over visiting Shenandoah.
Bridgewater registered the first three goals of the game to take an early three-goal advantage over the Hornets. Freshman Rob Simmons stroked a shot by the Shenandoah keeper with 13:32 to play in the first quarter to put the Eagles out in front by a goal before Frey netted his first goal of the game 24 seconds later to put Bridgewater out in front, 2-0. Midfielder Sam Cheplick took the next face off and sprinted downfield before firing a shot into the back of the net to build a 3-0 Bridgewater lead.
Shenandoah responded with a Dom Lombardi tally with 12:12 to play in the first frame to trim the Bridgewater lead to 3-1 before back-to-back Frey goals put the Eagles up by a 5-1 margin.
With 9:22 left in the opening stanza, Frey took a pass from Zack Anderson and beat the keeper to extend the lead back to three goals before the Ephrata, Pa. native took a pass from Simmons and fired a shot into the back of the net to push Bridgewater out to a 5-1 advantage.
Shenandoah's Matt Justice finalized the first-quarter scoring with a goal off of a pass from Nick Rondeau to trim the Eagles' lead to 5-2 after 15 minutes of play.
Frey opened the scoring in the second with a goal with 11:10 to go in the stanza to push the Bridgewater lead back to four, 6-2.
After the Frey tally, Shenandoah scored the final two goals of the first half off of shots from Sean Ohlhaver to cut the Bridgewater advantage to 6-4 at the break.
Bridgewater controlled play in the first half, outshooting Shenandoah by a 29-13 tally due in large part to winning 11 of the 12 face offs over the first 30 minutes.
Out of the intermission, Shenandoah cut the lead to a single goal with 11:39 to play in the third off of a Seth Fisher goal, but it was as close as the Hornets would get.
Freshman Kevin Ashcraft capitalized on a man-up opportunity to put the Eagles back on the board and extend the lead to 7-5 off of a Cheplick helper.
Frey followed with his fifth and final goal of the game with 6:33 to go in the third to build the Bridgewater lead back to three, 8-5.
Ohlhaver tallied his third goal of the game to open the scoring in the fourth before Rondeau scored an unassisted tally with 11:34 to go to cut the Bridgewater lead to 9-7 early in the final stanza.
Maher stroked his second goal of the game into the back of the net with 9:29 to play to put the Eagles back in front by three.
Bridgewater proceeded to play keep away for the next six minutes before the Hornets got back on the board with 3:10 to go off of a Rondeau goal, cutting the Eagles' lead to 10-8.
Cheplick won the next face off and the Eagles continued to play a ball-control style over the next two minutes before a turnover and a Bridgewater penalty allowed the Hornets to have a few late looks at the net. Bridgewater's defense was up to the task over the final three minutes of play as the Eagles kept the Hornets off of the scoreboard to earn a 10-8 victory.
Frey's five-goal game led the way for the Eagles offense, while Maher chipped in two goals in the win.
Bridgewater outshot Shenandoah by a 48-32 margin on the afternoon and also won 19 of the 22 face offs.
Cheplick scooped up a game-high 11 ground balls for the Eagles to lead the way as Bridgewater owned a 50-34 ground ball advantage.
Freshman Andrew Buss secured the victory in the cage, turning away 12 Shenandoah shots along the way.
Ohlhaver's three-goal game led the way for the Shenandoah offense, while Tyler Quinn made 14 saves in the loss.
Bridgewater is back in action on Saturday against Virginia Wesleyan in the team's home finale. Opening face off is set for 2 p.m.