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#5 Lynchburg Defeats BC as Another Ranked Team Visits Jopson

#5 Lynchburg Defeats BC as Another Ranked Team Visits Jopson

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – A big first quarter carried the 5th-ranked Lynchburg Hornets past the Bridgewater College men's lacrosse team, 18-4 on Friday night on Jopson Field.

The Hornets tallied 10 unanswered goals in a span of 11:33 in the first quarter, after the Eagles had struck first.

Matthew Arndt had briefly given BC a lead 71 seconds in on the Eagles' first offensive attack, after Andrew Buss had come up with a save at the other end.

Arndt led the Eagles with two goals on the day, while Chris Voorhees and Derrick Daniels also scored. Buss made 15 saves, while Nick Strider won 6-of-13 faceoffs and picked up a pair of ground balls.

Lynchburg stormed back into the lead after Bridgewater got on the board first. The Hornets won 10 of the first 11 faceoffs and Austin Stewart (five goals) had a hat trick by the 8:33 mark to make it 4-1 in favor of the visitors.

Stewart added his fourth of the game less than two minutes later. Jacob Fuller pushed the gap to 6-1, and Stewart followed with his fifth goal in a span of less than seven-and-a-half minutes (giving him 45 already on the year). Lynchburg had another 22 seconds later, this time from Aaron Murphy.

BC defender Aaron Kiser did a great job stripping Chris Cornelius and picking up the ground ball, but he turned it back over on the clear and Todd Galvin struck immediately for a 9-1 scoreline.

Lynchburg ran the score to 13-1 on Matthew Baker's tally with 5:38 left in the second quarter. The Eagles got one back before halftime on a fantastic pass from Rob Simmons to Voorhees at the far doorstep.

The Hornets also hit a couple of pipes in the first half, with Ryan Kardux ringing the crossbar in the opening quarter and Tyler Bringman hitting the post in the second.

Buss made a great save late in the third quarter, denying Sean Ahearn with his stick from point-blank range.

Arndt scored the opening goal and then recorded the final point of the game, with 1:54 left on an assist from Thomas Maher.

Chris Hawley won 9-of-10 faceoffs in the early going for Lynchburg. Ahearn finished with a hat trick after scoring twice in the second half.

Bridgewater (4-8, 0-4) was facing its third nationally-ranked opponent in four games. After a rough 18-1 loss at #14 Washington & Lee two weekends ago, the Eagles played well for long stretches in an 11-2 defeat to undefeated and 19th-ranked Frostburg State on Tuesday.

Lynchburg improves to 8-2, 4-0, with those two losses coming to #6 Endicott and #17 Gettysburg. The Hornets have a quick turnaround, heading to Maryland tomorrow to face #6 Stevenson- the 2013 national champions.