LYNCHBURG, Va. – In an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) affair at Randolph, the Bridgewater Eagles men's lacrosse team struggled at the offensive end in a tough 11-2 loss to the WildCats.
Randolph controlled play early in the contest as the WildCats rattled the Bridgewater cage with four goals in the first quarter to take a 4-0 lead after the opening 15 minutes of play as four different players found the back of the net in the opening quarter.
The WildCats kept things rolling on the offensive end with a quartet of goals in the second quarter, while the Bridgewater offense continued to struggle to get going as Randolph opened up an 8-0 advantage at the break. Randolph midfielder Colton Wood racked up three goals in the opening 30 minutes of play to pace the WildCats offense.
Out of the halftime intermission, Randolph ran its lead to 9-0 before Bridgewater got on the scoreboard in the waning seconds of the third. Freshman Kevin Ashcraft converted a man-up opportunity with 31 ticks to go in the third to trim the Randolph lead to 9-1 as the game went to final frame.
Randolph opened the scoring in the fourth with a pair of Stephen Allman goals to run the lead to 11-1, before the Eagles finalized the scoring with under five minutes to play. Ashcraft got on the board for the second time, this time off of a pass from Rob Simmons, to cut the WildCats' lead to 11-2 which is how the game would end.
Ashcraft's two-goal outing paced a Bridgewater offense that fired off 22 shots on the day.
Netminder Shane Trost was outstanding in the cage for the Eagles, turning away 19 Randolph shots in the loss.
Defender Sean LeBlanc scooped up five ground balls to pace the way for the Eagles as Bridgewater picked up 38 ground balls on the afternoon.
Wood and Allman each registered three-goal games for the WildCats as Randolph outshot Bridgewater by a 44-22 margin.
Cam Davis picked up the win for Randolph, posting 13 saves along the way.
Three WildCats picked up five ground balls each to lead Randolph to a 48-38 advantage in ground balls.
Bridgewater is back in action on Wednesday at Washington and Lee. Opening faceoff against the Generals is set for 7 p.m.