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6-on-4 OT Goal Erases Late Bridgewater Comeback

6-on-4 OT Goal Erases Late Bridgewater Comeback

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Southern Virginia scored on a 6-on-4 in overtime to spoil a late Bridgewater comeback, as the Knights escaped with a thrilling 11-10 decision at Jopson Field.

Bridgewater long pole Jake Truman scored twice in the fourth quarter, including a play with 3:29 remaining in which he forced a turnover, picked up the ground ball, and went the length of the field for a shorthanded goal that made it 10-9 SVU.

That play gave the Eagles new life and they came out of a timeout with just seconds remaining to force overtime. Justin Calabrese found fellow freshman Ryan McHugh on the left side, who beat the goalie to send the contest to an extra period.

The Eagles picked up two pushing penalties on the same play however, and Shawn Lamb made the 6-on-4 chance count after Spencer Tunick fed him just outside the crease.

SVU had taken the Eagles by surprise twice as they built a fourth quarter lead. After an Eagles offsides, Brady Cook found Casey Rich all alone behind the Bridgewater defense for a 9-6 lead.

Later, after the Eagles got back to within a goal and had a power play on top of it due to a slash prior to McHugh's tally, Lamb broke through a crowd and fed Tunick for the shorthanded goal to make it 10-8.

McHugh had two goals and three assists for the Eagles, while Truman caused three turnovers and added two ground balls. Michael Fairley made 12 saves in the cage.

Freshman Hunter Callan had opened the contest with two goals in less than three minutes, converting McHugh's pass on the first possession of the game and adding another with 12:04 left in the first.

Blake Mann caused a turnover with a big hit to knock the stick out of the SVU's player's hands on the clear, late in the first quarter. That led to an offsides and a BC power play, although the Eagles couldn't convert.

The Knights tied it at 2-2 early in the second quarter with a man-up goal and earned another power play soon after, but Nick Sherman ended the threat with a caused turnover.

SVU's Rich and Lamb each hit the crossbar just 13 seconds apart in the second quarter. Bridgewater broke the other way and Justin Calabrese scored from Edward Martin III to make it 4-2.

The Knights rallied just before halftime, hitting their third pipe of the second quarter and putting two away to send the teams into the locker rooms tied at 4-all.

Man-up opportunities were huge for the Knights, who scored on five of them while also adding a shorthanded tally. Man-up goals by Tunick and Lamb in the third quarter gave the visitors a 6-4 advantage.

Rich totaled four goals with Tunick adding a hat trick and two assists for the Knights. Colin Maxfield picked up six ground balls, with Cook adding six ground balls and timely caused turnover in the final two minutes of regulation that nearly ended the contest before Bridgewater managed to get the ball back.

Both teams are now 2-1 on the year; Bridgewater will travel south over Spring Break to face Rhodes on March 5 and Millsaps on March 7.