HAMPDEN SYDNEY, Va. – In the program's first conference game on Saturday afternoon, the Bridgewater Eagles men's lacrosse team saw five different players score a goal but it wasn't enough as the Eagles fell on the road at Hampden-Sydney by a 13-5 tally.
After a slow start to the contest, the Tigers broke the opening early-game scoreless drought with a goal with 6:27 to go in the first quarter when James Hughes scored off of a Mike Funk pass to put the Eagles in a 1-0 hole.
Bridgewater wasted little time in tying the contest up. Seventeen seconds after the Hampden-Sydney tally, the Eagles netted the equalizer from Joshua Frey when he scored off of a Joey Van Goidtsnoven helper as the game stood at a 1-1 deadlock.
Hampden-Sydney regained the lead in the waning moments of the first quarter with two goals as the Tigers took a 3-1 lead through the first 15 minutes of play. Thomas Armstrong scored an unassisted tally to put Hampden-Sydney in front for good, before Jess Hawthorne scored to push the lead to two goals.
Armstrong opened the scoring in the second quarter with a pair of man-up goals before the Eagles got back in on the scoring with a man-up goal of their own. Freshman Thomas Maher scored off of a Nathan Muckle assist to trim the Hampden-Sydney lead to 5-2.
With 10:17 to go in the first half, Rob Simmons scored an unassisted goal to cut the Tigers' lead to 5-3.
Over the final 10-plus minutes of the second quarter, the Tigers scored three goals to build an 8-3 halftime advantage.
Hampden-Sydney outshot Bridgewater by a 26-4 tally in the first stanza, but it was the Eagles making the most of their opportunities with three goals on four shots.
Out of the halftime break, the Eagles held Hampden-Sydney to just one goal in the third quarter as the Tigers owned a six-goal lead with 15 minutes to play.
Hampden-Sydney opened the scoring in the fourth with a goal to take a 10-3 lead before the teams traded goals back and forth. Freshman Nick Pray got in on the scoring with 10:44 to play with a goal off of a Joshua Frey pass to make the score 10-4. Hampden-Sydney answered with a goal less than two minutes later before an unassisted goal from Landon Elmore rounded out the scoring for the Eagles to cut the deficit to 11-5.
The Tigers scored the final two goals of the game to finalize the scoring, handing Bridgewater a 13-5 loss.
Maher's three-shot effort led the way for the Eagles on the afternoon as Bridgewater was outshot by a 42-12 margin.
Goalkeeper Andrew Buss recorded 14 saves in the loss and scooped up a team-high six ground balls along the way.
Jess Hawthorne, James Hughes and Thomas Armstrong each netted three goals for the Hampden-Sydney attack in the win.
David Noftsinger picked up the win for the Tigers in the cage after facing three shots in the first half of play.
Midfielder Brad Mostowy led the Tigers with a game-high 11 ground balls as Hampden-Sydney owned a 54-26 advantage in ground balls.
Bridgewater is back in action on March 24 at home when it hosts Lynchburg. Start time against the Hornets is set for 1 p.m.