Men’s Lacrosse Runs Past Alvernia, 10-5

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Freshman Chris Voorhees tallied his third straight multi-goal game and sophomore goaltender Andrew Buss was brilliant as the Bridgewater Eagles men's lacrosse team scored the game's first seven goals en route to a 10-5 non-conference win on Wednesday afternoon against Alvernia.

The win for the Eagles is their third in a row which marks the longest winning streak in the program's brief history.

Bridgewater (4-1) racked up five first-quarter goals to run out to a 5-0 lead after the first 15 minutes of play. Sophomore Rob Simmons fired a shot into the back of the net with 10:17 to go in the first frame to get the Eagles on the scoreboard before freshman Michael Darby scored an unassisted tally with 7:26 to play in the first to hand the Eagles a 2-0 advantage.

Sophomore Derrick Daniels returned from an injury and made his presence felt early. Bridgewater rattled three shots at the Alvernia net before Daniels took a pass from Thomas Maher and found the back of the net to extend the Bridgewater advantage to 3-0 with five and change to play in the first.

Voorhees got in on the scoring with 3:57 to play in the opening frame before scoring again with just six ticks remaining to send the Eagles to the second quarter with a 5-0 lead. Daniels assisted Voorhees' final tally of the first.

Bridgewater dominated the first quarter with the majority of the action taking place on the Eagles' offensive attack end. Over the first 15 minutes of play, Bridgewater owned a 21-3 upper hand in shots en route to a 49-25 advantage for the game.

After a fast start to the game, the action slowed down in the second stanza with just one goal from either side. Sophomore Jason Gerst netted his first goal of the season with 9:28 to go in the opening half to push the Bridgewater lead to 6-0.

Despite Bridgewater scoring the lone goal, Buss was active between the pipes for the Eagles in the second quarter. The Severna Park, Md. native made four saves as the Crusaders stepped up the pressure at the offensive end of the field. Alvernia looked to get on the board in the waning seconds of the first half but Buss was up the task, turning away a Rick Reid scoring attempt to keep the Eagles out in front by a 6-0 tally at the break.

Sophomore Kevin Ashcraft registered his second goal of the season just 59 ticks into a chippy second half to push Bridgewater out to a 7-0 advantage.

Alvernia finally got in on the scoring after a turnover on the Eagles gave the Crusaders an easy look at the net. Colin Gallagher converted the miscue into an easy goal to trim the Bridgewater lead to 7-1.

Bridgewater wasted little time in getting back on the board as Voorhees tallied his third goal of the day just a dozen seconds later to push the Eagles back out in front, 8-1, with 10:04 to play in the third.

Following the Bridgewater tally, Alvernia went back on the attack. The Crusaders rattled a pair of shots at the Eagles, but Buss again turned away the Alvernia scoring attempts until Patrick Corcoran picked up a ground ball off of a Gallagher shot and found the back of the net to trim the deficit to 8-2 which is how it would remain after 45 minutes of play.

Alvernia (1-4) registered two quick goals to start the final frame as Reid and Benjamin Manning both scored to cut the Bridgewater lead to 8-4 with 13 and a half minutes to play in regulation.

Reid added a goal midway through the fourth to bridge the gap to 8-5.

After the Reid goal, Voorhees answered with a goal off of a failed Alvernia clear to push Bridgewater back out in front, 9-5. Sophomore Sam Cheplick assisted on the Voorhees goal.

With 5:53 to go, Simmons got back on the scoreboard after taking a pass from Max Ruffing and stroking a shot past the Alvernia goaltender to put the Eagles up 10-5 which is how the game would end.

The action got chippy over the final 30 minutes as the two teams were called for a combined 10 penalties. Alvernia was penalized eight times on the day while the Eagles were flagged on six occasions.

Voorhees ran his team-leading-goals total to 16 with a four-goal outing. The freshman, who was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Player of the Week on Monday, fired off 14 shots on the day. Simmons added two goals and dished out two assists to help lead the offense on the afternoon.

Defensively, Maher caused four turnovers to lead all players on the day while Nick Strider paced the Eagles with seven ground balls.

Buss was magnificent in the cage, turning away 13 Alvernia shots to pick up his fourth win of the season.

Alvernia was led offensively by the play of Reid. Reid led the Crusaders with two goals on six shots.

Gallagher picked up six ground balls to lead the way for the visitors.

Crusaders netminder Brandon Weaver was tagged with the loss after allowing eight goals over the opening 45 minutes of play before leaving with an undisclosed injury. Junior Mikhail Gardner played the final quarter and allowed two goals on six shots.

Bridgewater controlled the faceoff, winning 12 of the 18 faceoffs challenged. Strider was stellar on the faceoff, going 8-for-12 on the day.

The Eagles are back in action on Saturday when they open the ODAC slate at home against Hampden-Sydney. Opening faceoff against the Tigers is set for 1 p.m.