BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Freshman Max Ruffing tallied four goals to lead six players with multiple goals for the Eagles, as the Bridgewater College men's lacrosse team rolled out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back in a 19-4 victory over Bethany College on Saturday afternoon.
Bridgewater (5-3) got things started in the first quarter when sophomore Kevin Ashcraft fired a shot into the back of the net to build a 1-0 lead before freshman Chris Voorhees streaked towards the net and found cotton to extend the lead to 2-0 with 11:39 to play in the opening stanza.
Sophomore Rob Simmons netted his first of three goals on the day just 29 ticks later to push the Bridgewater lead to 3-0. Sophomore Derrick Daniels became the fourth different scorer of the first quarter when he took a pass from freshman Matthew Arndt and stroked a shot into the net to put the Eagles out in front, 4-0, after the opening frame. The Eagles controlled the opening 15 minutes of play, owning a 12-3 edge in shots after earning four of the five faceoffs contested.
After a slow start to the second quarter, Bridgewater picked up where it left off after the first frame with three unanswered goals. The Eagles found their fifth different scorer of the day when Max Ruffing registered the fifth goal of the afternoon for a 5-0 Bridgewater lead. Simmons tallied his second goal of the day after he picked up a loose ball in front of the net and fired a shot past the Bethany College keeper for the a 6-0 advantage. Voorhees capped off the run with an unassisted goal off of a Bethany turnover to push the Eagles out in front by a 7-0 tally.
Bethany got on the scoreboard when Grant Delaney found Tim Pagano and Pagano put a shot into the back of the net to end the Bridgewater run, but the rest of the first half went completely in the way of the Eagles.
Ruffing bookended a four-goal run from the Eagles to end the first half which sent Bridgewater to the locker room with an 11-1 lead. The first goal of the spurt from Ruffing was followed by freshman Patrick O'Donnell's second goal of the season to put the Eagles out in front by a 9-1 tally. Voorhees added his third and final goal of the day with 1:20 to play in the first half before Ruffing took a Thomas Maher pass and beat the goalie to send Bridgewater to the half with an 11-1 advantage.
After an opening 15 minutes that was controlled by Bridgewater, the second quarter was even more lopsided in the favor of the Eagles. Bridgewater rattled off 24 shots in the second frame en route to a 36-8 advantage in the shots department at the intermission. The Eagles also controlled the faceoff in the second, winning six of the nine contested faceoffs in the quarter.
Bethany opened the second-half scoring with a Jake Holland goal to trim the deficit to 11-2 but the Eagles registered the final four goals of the quarter to take a 15-2 lead after three quarters of play.
Simmons netted his eighth goal of the season to get the run started after taking a pass form freshman David Castle and beating the keeper. The assist for Castle marked his first career point in a Bridgewater uniform. Daniels got back in on the scoring with his second goal of the game with 5:44 to play in the third, extending the lead to 11 at a 13-2 margin. Freshman Jeff Strickland and sophomore Billy Lentz rounded out the third-quarter scoring with a pair of goals in the final three minutes of the frame to send the Eagles into the final 15 minutes with a 13-goal advantage.
Ruffing, O'Donnell and Lentz scored over the first six and change of the final quarter to push the Bridgewater lead to 16 at an 18-2 margin.
Holland ended the Bridgewater spurt with his second goal of the game before Travis Granich made it back-to-back scores for Bethany, trimming the Bridgewater lead to 18-4.
O'Donnell made it a career-best day with his third goal of the afternoon with just 60 ticks to play to finalize the scoring and hand Bridgewater a 19-4 win.
Ruffing led the Eagles with a career-high four goals on 11 shots as the Eagles outshot Bethany (3-6) by a 63-19 margin. Bridgewater's 63 shots marks a new season high. Ruffing, Simmons, Voorhees, O'Donnell, Lentz and Daniels each tallied multiple goals for the Eagles in the win.
Freshman Nick Strider dominated the faceoff, winning 17 of the 27 contested on the day and also led all players with 10 ground balls. The Eagles scooped up 61 ground balls on the day.
Defensively, Voorhees led the way with three caused turnovers as the Eagles forced 29 Bethany miscues.
Holland led the Bison with two goals on eight shots while C.J. Studnicky registered a team-high six ground balls.
Studnicky was tagged with the loss after allowing 19 goals. The Bethany netminder recorded 20 saves on the day.
Bridgewater returns to action on April 2 when it hosts Washington and Lee. Start time against the Generals is set for 7 p.m. in the program's first game under the lights at the Jopson Athletic Complex.