VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Bridgewater College led by a 2-1 tally midway through the first quarter, but the Eagles couldn't hold off the Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan over the remainder of the contest in a 21-8 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) loss on Saturday afternoon.
Bridgewater got on the board first in the contest when Sam Cheplick netted an unassisted goal to put the Eagles up, 1-0. The goal for Cheplick was his third of the season.
Virginia Wesleyan responded with a Mike Moran goal but the deadlock wouldn't last for long. After a penalty on the Marlins, Bridgewater would make the host team pay quickly. Freshman Chris Voorhees tallied his team-leading 23rd goal of the season to put Bridgewater back in front by a 2-1 margin with 8:35 to go in the first. With the goal, Voorhees set a new program record for single-season goals, upending the previous record set a year ago by Joshua Frey.
Following the Voorhees goal, the Marlins registered three straight goals to take the lead for good at a 4-2 score.
Virginia Wesleyan answered with two more goals over the final three minutes of the first half to take a 6-3 advantage after 15 minutes of play.
The Marlins opened the second quarter with two goals to extend the lead to 8-3 before Derrick Daniels tallied his first goal of the day with 8:48 to play in the first half to cut the deficit to 8-4.
After the Daniels goal, Virginia Wesleyan tallied five unanswered goals, with three different players getting in on the scoring, to build a 13-4 lead with just over two minutes to go in the second stanza.
Freshman Matthew Arndt finalized the first half scoring when he took a Daniels pass and stroked a shot past the keeper to send the game to a 13-5 tally at the break.
Maher got the scoring started in the second half with an unassisted goal but Virginia Wesleyan answered with back-to-back goals to take a 15-6 advantage. Daniels added another goal, this time off of a helper from Arndt, to trim the gap to 15-7 but the Marlins scored the final three goals of the quarter to take an 18-7 lead into the final frame.
Andrew Brummit tallied two Virginia Wesleyan goals to open the fourth before John Roth scored for the Marlins to build the lead to 21-7.
Freshman Jeff Strickland finalized the scoring with a tally with 2:40 to play, but it was the Marlins eventually wrapping up a 21-8 win.
Daniels and Maher led the Bridgewater offense with two goals each while Daniels added a pair of assists.
Freshman Conor Lawson worked the final 58-plus minutes of the contest to pick up the loss after replacing starting netminder Andrew Buss due to an injury to the sophomore. Lawson was active between the pipes all day and tied the program record with 19 saves.
The Eagles struggled to maintain possession in the game, recording 30 miscues on the day.
Josh Currier led the Marlins with five goals and three assists while Nick Pappas added four goals and a quartet of assists.
Rory Finnegan secured the win for Virginia Wesleyan after recording eight saves over the first 51:27 of the contes
Bridgewater returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Guilford. Start time against the Quakers is set for 3:30 p.m.