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Eagles Lose to #19 Frostburg State Despite 19 Saves From Buss

Eagles Lose to #19 Frostburg State Despite 19 Saves From Buss

Facing a nationally-ranked opponent for the second time in three games, the Bridgewater College men's lacrosse team lost 11-2 to #19 Frostburg State on Tuesday at Jopson Field.

Junior goalie Andrew Buss returned to the starting lineup and had a huge game in the cage, saving 19 shots while allowing just 11 goals. He also caused a turnover and picked up four ground balls.

Trailing 1-0 early, Derrick Daniels had a good look but fired just wide. Thomas Maher then missed by inches with the Eagles down 2-0, and Daniels was saved up high.

Frostburg took a 2-0 lead on Chris Rios' man-up rip. Rios was then saved by Buss, and Frostburg State's Spencer Barnett hit the far post late in the first quarter.

A bit of a fortuitous bounce kept the Eagles within a goal after one quarter. FSU nearly caused a turnover but the ball was fought for and eventually squirted to Rob Simmons all alone in front of goal, cutting the deficit to 2-1.

The Eagles continued to threaten in the second quarter, as Maher was saved up high and Simmons rang a shot off the crossbar on a promising odd-man rush.

Bridgewater had a golden chance to cut into FSU's lead when the Bobcats picked up a three-minute non-releasable penalty for an illegal stick. Zach Burkhardt did a good job to disarm Jeff Strickland however and the Bobcats spent the next two minute killing clock, even picking up a 30-second Eagles holding penalty in the process.

The same scenario played out in the fourth quarter. Greg Bourne was ruled to have an illegal stick, giving BC another three-minute power play. This time Alex Phillips caused a turnover and Andrew Richardson picked up the ground ball as FSU killed off more clock. This time it resulted in two Bridgewater penalties, as the Eagles were flagged for a pair of slashes.

Bourne had threatened all third quarter with that equipment- scoring twice in the period and also hitting both the crossbar and the post. He rang the pipe with 2:14 left in the third quarter but then scored four seconds later after Tate Rolland had picked up the rebound.

Bridgewater defender Sean Nevin provided the Eagles' second of the day with the long pole, scoring for the second time after breaking down the length of the field.

The Eagles totaled 23 shots, with FSU goaltender Tom Kraemer making six saves.

Frostburg State entered the week ranked #19 nationally after starting 11-0, including an impressive 14-8 win over Christopher Newport over the weekend. The Bobcats have also defeated #16 Washington College by five goals this year.

Bridgewater falls to 4-7, and will face a third nationally-ranked team on Friday night when the Eagles host Lynchburg.

Lynchburg is ranked #5 this week after a 6-2 start that includes four games against teams in the top-15.