BUENA VISTA, Va. – Bridgewater College freshman attacker Chris Voorhees set a new single-game program record with six goals as the Eagles men's lacrosse team ran past Southern Virginia by a 17-4 tally on Wednesday evening.
Voorhees' six-goal game eclipses the former school record of five goals in a game set a season ago by Joshua Frey in Bridgewater's 10-8 victory over Shenandoah.
Bridgewater (2-1) wasted little time in jumping all over the host Knights as sophomore midfielder Sam Cheplick took the opening faceoff and sprinted to the goal to register the first tally of the game just 16 ticks into the contest to put the Eagles out in front, 1-0.
Despite a high number of penalties in the first frame, the Eagles tallied three more goals in the stanza to run out to a 4-0 lead after 15 minutes of play. With 11:10 to play in the first, sophomore Thomas Maher got on the board with an unassisted goal to put the Eagles up 2-0. Freshman Patrick O'Donnell scored his first career goal less than three minutes later when he took a pass from sophomore Rob Simmons and stroked a shot past the keeper to build a 3-0 Bridgewater lead.
The Eagles rounded out the first quarter's scoring when Simmons forced a turnover and later made the Knights pay when he rocked a shot into the back of the net to extend the lead to 4-0 after the first stanza.
Bridgewater maintained the offensive intensity early in the second quarter when Voorhees registered his first goal of the game just two minutes into the frame. Following the expiration of a man-up opportunity for the Eagles, freshman Matthew Arndt delivered a pass to Voorhees and the Brookville, Md. native did the rest to push the Eagles out in front by a 5-0 tally. Voorhees would add another goal five and a half minutes later before firing a man-up goal into the net with 4:42 left in the first half to extend the Bridgewater advantage to 7-0.
Sophomore Kameron Reppe got in on the scoring with 2:29 to play in the first half with an unassisted goal which put the Eagles up 8-0. Voorhees tallied his fourth goal of the quarter with just 53 seconds to play in the second to send the Eagles into the locker room with a 9-0 lead. The freshman took advantage of a Southern Virginia turnover to put his fourth goal of the quarter in the back of the net, establishing a new Bridgewater record for goals in a quarter.
Bridgewater dominated the first half of play, outshooting the Knights by a 33-10 margin. The Eagles also won 7-of-11 first-half faceoffs and forced 16 Southern Virginia miscues.
Out of the intermission, Southern Virginia (0-5) netted the first goal of the second half when Nash Wilkey found the back of the net just 1:34 into the third quarter to chip the Bridgewater lead to 9-1.
After the Southern Virginia goal, the Eagles went back on the attack. Bridgewater rattled off four shots before an unnecessary roughness penalty on the Knights gave the Eagles a man-up opportunity. The Eagles capitalized 29 seconds later when Kevin Ashcraft found Simmons and the sophomore fired a shot into the back of the net to build a 10-1 Bridgewater lead. Reppe and Voorhees followed with goals before Ashcraft got in on the scoring with 5:09 to play in the third when he took a Voorhees pass and beat the keeper to extend the Bridgewater lead to 13-1.
Southern Virginia scored with 3:01 to play in the third when Ciaran Giroux put a shot into the back of the net to cut the Bridgewater lead to 13-2 entering the final quarter.
Bridgewater remained on the attack to start the fourth, while a penalty on the Knights provided another man-up opportunity for the Eagles early in the frame. After a pair of shots from Simmons and Ashcraft, Maher registered a man-up goal off of an assist from Ashcraft to build a 12-goal Bridgewater lead. Voorhees added his sixth goal of the game just 10 seconds later to put the Eagles up, 15-2.
The Knights turned the tables on the Eagles after a Bridgewater penalty provided the hosts with a man-up opportunity. Garrett Maw scored a man-up goal to cut the Eagles lead to 15-3 before Bridgewater answered with goals from Maher and Arndt to extend the lead to 14 at a 17-3 margin.
Southern Virginia scored the final goal with just over four minutes to play for the final 17-4 score.
Aside from setting the single-game record for goals, Voorhees also tallied a school-record seven points against the Knights after leading the offense with six goals and one assist. Ashcraft and Simmons also had solid days on the offensive end with four-point outings. Bridgewater owned a 62-32 advantage in the shots department.
Bridgewater controlled the faceoff, winning 19 of the 25 faceoffs contested.
Defensively, Maher led the way with three caused turnovers while Nick Strider scooped up a game-high seven ground balls to lead the way.
Sophomore Andrew Buss rejected four Southern Virginia scoring attempts in the opening half to secure his second victory of the season. Freshman Conor Lawson played the second half for the Eagles and turned away seven shots.
Wilkey led the way for the Knights with a pair of goals on 13 shots, while also picking up seven ground balls.
Southern Virginia goalkeeper Tyler Cox made 14 saves in the loss.
Bridgewater is back in action on Saturday with a non-conference contest at Transylvania. Opening faceoff against the Pioneers is set for 1 p.m.