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Eagles Held in Check in Second Half at Methodist

Eagles Held in Check in Second Half at Methodist

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Bridgewater College men's lacrosse team scored just once in the second half of a 10-8 road loss at Methodist, Saturday afternoon in Fayetteville, N.C.

One game after holding their opponents to just two goals over the final 46 minutes of an 11-5 win over Greensboro, the Eagles suffered a similar fate versus a different North Carolina non-conference opponent after the Eagles went into the locker room with a halftime lead.

Methodist took the lead in the fourth quarter with two goals just 10 seconds apart.

Ben Click put the Monarchs ahead with 10:22 remaining. Jordan DeSalvo won the ensuing faceoff clean, and Jake Smerka hit Chris Lombardi to give Methodist some breathing room with a 10-8 lead.

Click hit the post soon afterwards, but the Monarchs were still able to protect the lead over the final 10 minutes despite nine Bridgewater shots over that time, including two that were saved and a Daniel Brown attempt off the pipe in the final seconds.

Sophomore Blake Mann had a hat trick for Bridgewater, with senior Thomas Maher adding a goal and two assists. Andrew Buss made 11 saves in the cage.

Trailing 4-1 late in the first quarter after two quick Methodist man-up goals, the Eagles rallied with four straight to take the lead.

Maher struck in the final minute of the first period, then assisted the first of two consecutive Mann goals to tie the contest. Derrick Daniels followed with another to put BC up 5-4.

The Eagles had gone down 4-1 when, following a Smerka man up goal, Bridgewater was flagged again for a faceoff violation. Methodist made it count with the power play tally from Kyle Clarkson.

Bridgewater would take a 7-6 lead into the break after Sean MacLeish fed Chris Voorhees with just two seconds remaining in the first half.

Smerka had three goals and two assists for the hosts, with DeSalvo winning 17-of-21 faceoffs and picking up 10 ground balls.

Bridgewater is 5-3 on the year and will travel to Virginia Wesleyan next Saturday for the Eagles' second ODAC matchup of the season.