FERRUM, Va. – In a midweek non-conference contest on the road, the Bridgewater Eagles men's lacrosse team stayed close with the Ferrum Panthers in the second half but the Eagles couldn't overcome a slow start in a 13-4 loss to the Panthers on Thursday evening.
Over the final 30 minutes of play, Ferrum held a slim 3-2 advantage on the scoreboard but it was a slow start for Bridgewater, coupled with an efficient Ferrum offense which put the Eagles in an early hole.
Ferrum opened the contest with four unanswered goals to jump all over the Eagles in the early goings. The Panthers got on the board just 49 ticks into regulation on a Daniel Batong goal before Will Walter added to their lead with an unassisted tally with 8:59 to play in the first to build a 2-0 Ferrum lead. Batong registered his second goal off of the ensuing faceoff prior to Ethan Wakefield getting on the board to build a 4-0 Panthers advantage.
The Eagles woes continued with four more Ferrum goals as the Eagles stared down an 8-0 deficit after one quarter of play. Wakefield registered back-to-back goals before Walter tallied for the Panthers to extend the Ferrum lead to six. Walter got back on the board to run the lead to seven and Wakefield added his fourth goal of the quarter to extend the Ferrum lead to 8-0 after 15 minutes of play.
Following a first quarter which was dominated by the hosts, Bridgewater (4-3) finally got on the board with 13:38 to play in the first half when sophomore Thomas Maher rattled a shot into the back of the net to trim the deficit back to seven. Fellow sophomore Kevin Ashcraft added an unassisted goal less than five minutes later to bridge the gap to 8-2.
Bridgewater's goal scoring spurt was short lived though as the Panthers got back on the board with a pair of unanswered goals to take a 10-2 lead into the locker room. After a slow start in the first quarter, Bridgewater stayed closer with the Panthers in the second frame, with Ferrum owning a slim 15-12 advantage in shots.
Out of the intermission, the Eagles got on the board in the third quarter on a goal from the stick of Derrick Daniels and the Bridgewater defense locked down the Ferrum offense, but it was the Panthers maintaining a 10-3 lead midway through the third frame. Over the final seven-plus minutes of the third stanza, both teams exchanged goals as the contest shifted to the final frame at an 11-4 Ferrum lead. Ashcraft dished a pass to freshman Chris Voorhees for the final score of the third quarter as time was winding down.
Ferrum (2-8) scored the lone two goals of the final quarter as the Eagles fell by a 13-4 tally to the Panthers.
Bridgewater had four players tally a goal each in the loss, while Voorhees led the offense with five shots.
Defensively, freshman Sean Nevin forced four Ferrum turnovers to lead the way for the Eagles and Nevin also led the squad with a trio of ground balls.
Sophomore Andrew Buss was tagged with the loss despite turning away 13 Ferrum shots along the way.
Ferrum was led offensively by the play of Wakefield. Wakefield tallied four goals to lead a quartet of Panthers with multiple goals.
Damian Pulos picked up the win after turning away five Bridgewater shots over the first 30 minutes of action. John Michael Smith played the final half for the Panthers and made four saves.
Bridgewater is back in action on Saturday at home when it faces off with Bethany College. Start time is set for noon.