BRIDGEWATER, Va. – In the 2014 season finale at the Jopson Athletic Complex, the Bridgewater Eagles men's lacrosse team fell by a 13-5 score to the visiting Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) men's lacrosse matchup.
Randolph-Macon jumped all over the Eagles with six goals in the first frame. Five different scorers got in on the scoring for the Yellow Jackets while Nolan Clark tallied two goals in opening 15 minutes to hand the visiting team a 6-0 lead.
Freshman Max Ruffing added a goal with 13:15 to go in the first half to cut the deficit to 6-1. The goal for Ruffing was his ninth tally of the season.
Randolph-Macon (9-7, 5-4 ODAC) wrapped up the first-half scoring with goals from Nick Benhoff and Kyle Snodderly to take an 8-1 advantage into the intermission.
Following a first half that was controlled by the Yellow Jackets, Bridgewater outpaced Randolph-Macon in the third in a back-and-forth quarter. Sophomore Billy Lentz registered his third goal of the season with 12:31 to go in the third off of a pass from Ruffing to cut the gap to 8-2.
The Yellow Jackets used a Justin Butler goal to run the lead back to seven prior to Derrick Daniels scoring his first goal of the day to bridge the gap to six at a 9-3 margin with 8:03 to go in the third stanza. Lentz assisted on the Daniels tally.
Daniels sandwiched his second goal of the game between a pair of Jason Andrews tallies and Matthew Arndt rounded out the scoring in the third with 1:48 to play in the frame when he found the back of the net for the sixth time of the year to send the game to the final 15 minutes with Randolph-Macon holding an 11-5 lead.
In the fourth, Randolph-Macon stuck in two goals with a tally each from the sticks of Butler and Andrews to take a 13-5 victory over the Eagles.
Offensively, Daniels led the Bridgewater offense with two goals to run his season total to 18 goals.
On the defensive side of the field, freshman Sean Nevin led all defensemen with four caused turnovers on the day. Nevin finishes the regular season in second place in the league with 30 caused turnovers on the year.
In the cage, freshman Conor Lawson was tagged with the loss after allowing 13 goals and recording 15 saves.
Randolph-Macon was led offensively by four goals from Andrews while Brian Davies picked up the win after making eight saves on the afternoon.
Bridgewater wraps up the second year in program history with a 5-11 overall record.