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Eagles Lose 14-4 to Roanoke

Eagles Lose 14-4 to Roanoke

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Despite 25 saves from Andrew Buss, the Bridgewater College men's lacrosse team fell 14-4 to visiting Roanoke on Sunday at Jopson Field.

Buss made 16 stops to just six goals allowed in the first half, as the Eagles trailed just 6-3 heading into the break.

Junior Lucas Clark caused three turnovers and picked up three ground balls to aid the defense, while Blake Mann and Jeff Strickland each added a goal and an assist.

Bridgewater took a 1-0 lead on the game's first possession, as Chris Voorhees found Derrick Daniels with an outstanding quick-release flip and his teammate finished from the outside.

Buss had eight saves in the first quarter, and added eight more in the second including a great stop on Colin McKenzie early in the period- after Steven Jackson had fed McKenzie right in front of the crease.

With 8:14 left in the first half, Sean Nevin forced a turnover and Landon Elmore broke the other way. With the Eagles numbers up, Elmore hit Mann who quickly found Strickland to cut the BC deficit to 5-2.

Bridgewater made it 5-3 with 5:58 left in the second, as Strickland returned the favor with an assist to Mann. Roanoke answered to lead 6-3 at halftime.

Roanoke had scored twice in the opening 28 seconds of the second quarter. Tyler McWilliams scored off the opening faceoff, and Conn Curry scored with the long pole immediately following another Maroon faceoff win.

Roanoke nearly did the same in the third quarter. Will Pilat struck 16 seconds in, and Cameron Linsley won the ensuing faceoff but was saved low by Buss after breaking free down the field.

Roanoke broke the game open with five straight goals in the third quarter, outscoring the hosts 6-1 overall in the period.

Buss made just two saves in that third period, but rebounded with seven more in the final quarter, including his 25th of the game to cap things off in the final seconds.

Bridgewater played their opponents- one of the ODAC's top teams- evenly for large stretches of the game but the Eagles were hurt on clears and turnovers. The Eagles were good on just 19-of-31 clears and turned the ball over 24 times- often on those clearing attempts. Roanoke recorded just two failed clears.

McKenzie had five goals and an assist for the Maroons, and McWilliams added three goals and one helper.

The Bridgewater men participated in an "It's On Us" event as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month- wearing t-shirts in pre-game warmups while the "It's On Us" campaign passed out informational materials and did some giveaways for fans.

The Eagles fall to 5-10, 1-6 ODAC and will have their final home game on Wednesday night vs. Shenandoah. Roanoke is 10-5, 7-2.