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Eagles Lose Defensive Battle to Hood, 6-5

Eagles Lose Defensive Battle to Hood, 6-5

The Bridgewater College men's lacrosse attack never got going on Jopson Field Saturday, losing a tight defensive battle 6-5 to visiting Hood College.

The Eagles totaled 32 shots but just 14 on goal, with Hood goalie Joseph McCullough making nine saves (including six in the second half).

Bridgewater took a 2-0 lead after just over five minutes played, but would not score again for nearly 37 minutes. A late rally attempt came up just short in the final minutes.

Defender Lucas Clark caused two turnovers and picked up three ground balls for Bridgewater, while Brayden Bereznay also forced two giveaways to go with a pair of ground balls. Daniels had four ground balls, and Michael Fairley made seven saves in his first loss of the season.

Derrick Daniels and Matthew Arndt had two goals apiece to pace the Eagles attack.

Hood got a 9-of-15 faceoff performance and six ground balls from Zach Kauffman, while defender James Weger caused a game-high six turnovers and picked up three ground balls.

Fairley made a nice save in the second minute of the game to keep things scoreless, denying Hood's Tai Foster.

The Eagles jumped on the Blazers quickly with Arndt opening the scoring and Blake Mann finishing off a Jeff Strickland pass 33 seconds later for a 2-0 lead.

Late in the first quarter, after Hood had scored to cut the deficit to 2-1, Kauffman won the faceoff clean and took a shot on goal. Luckily Fairley was there to make the stick save.

Chris Voorhees hit the pipe early in the second quarter, as Bridgewater's attacking frustrations began to grow. Foster tied the game at 2-2 later in the period.

Gio San Fillipo scored a man-up goal and Alex Villegas added another to stake the Blazers to a 4-2 halftime advantage.

Fairley made another good stop on Foster to start the third quarter, but Hood's Nick Druelinger later snuck a contested shot past him for a 5-2 scoreline. Tyler Nieto won the ensuing faceoff and went right down for an attempt that was stopped by McCullough.

McCullough added a nice save on Strickland when Bridgewater was a man-up, with the Eagles finally ending a scoring drought of 36:57 with Daniels' first of the day.

For the third time in four quarters, Fairley came up with a tough stop on Foster early in the fourth. He also made a point-blank save on Villegas with nine minutes to go.

Patrick O'Brien's man-up goal made it 6-4 with 3:00 remaining, but the Eagles didn't go quietly. Daniels scored and a faceoff infraction gave possession right back to BC, before Voorhees' shot up high was caught by McCullough.

Mann was pushed down with four seconds remaining to give Bridgewater a final opportunity, but the Eagles could not get a shot off before the horn.

Bridgewater falls to 4-2 and will be home again on Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. vs. Marywood. Hood improves to 3-2.