ROANOKE, Va. – Sophomore Thomas Maher registered two goals and freshman Conor Lawson set a new single-game saves record as the Bridgewater Eagles men's lacrosse team couldn't overcome a big second quarter from Roanoke in a 26-5 loss to the Maroons.
The Maroons rode a three-game winning streak into the contest, including a win over nationally ranked Lynchburg College, while Roanoke is also receiving votes in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll.
After an early feeling out period, Roanoke got on the board first with 7:48 to play in the opening quarter on a Spencer Parsons goal to take a 1-0 lead.
Bridgewater responded two and a half minutes later. Freshman Matthew Arndt netted an unassisted goal to tie the game up at a goal each.
Roanoke (11-4, 7-1 ODAC) responded quickly with a goal just eight seconds later before the Maroons registered six more goals to build an 8-1 advantage in the final minute of the first frame. Maher trimmed the deficit to six with an unassisted goal to cut the gap to 8-2 as the game shifted to the second quarter.
The Eagles took the opening faceoff of the second quarter but quickly turned the ball over prior to the Maroons getting back on the board. Steven Jackson scored to build a 9-2 advantage and the rest of the quarter went the way of the Maroons as Roanoke scored 11 goals in the frame to run out to a 19-2 halftime lead. Five of Roanoke's 11 goals, including the final four, during the quarter came on man-up opportunities as the Eagles were penalized four times during the frame.
At the start of the second half, Roanoke scored twice on man-up chances as Colin Rossano scored his fifth and sixth goals of the day to extend the gap to 21-2.
Sophomore Rob Simmons ended the Roanoke run with an unassisted goal with 5:40 to play in the third but the Maroons posted two more goals in the third quarter to build a 23-3 lead as the game shifted to the fourth.
Bridgewater (5-7, 0-5 ODAC) got the scoring started just two minutes into the final quarter when Kevin Ashcraft dished a pass off to Jeff Strickland and the freshman found the back of the net, cutting the margin to a 23-4 Roanoke advantage.
The Maroons netted three unanswered goals in the middle of the quarter to push the lead to 26-4 but the Eagles would have the final say in the contest. Maher netted his final goal of the day with 3:59 to play to finalize the scoring with the Maroons taking a 26-5 victory.
Maher netted two goals on the day to lead the Bridgewater offense as the sophomore ran his season total to 10 goals. Simmons added a goal and Derrick Daniels rattled off seven shots to lead a 21-shot attack for Bridgewater.
Lawson set a new program record with 20 saves on the day as the Eagles faced 76 Roanoke shots in the contest. Freshman Sean Nevin tallied three caused turnovers in the loss while Lawson and Nick Strider scooped up a game-high nine ground balls each.
Rossano's six goals led the Maroons offense while seven players had multi-goal games.
Charles Pease played the first half and recorded three saves to pick up the victory between the pipes. Three other Roanoke goalkeepers split the second half to wrap up the win.
Bridgewater returns to action on Wednesday at Shenandoah. Start time against the Hornets is set for 7 p.m.