BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Freshman Rob Simmons tallied four goals to lead six multi-goal scorers for the Eagles as the Bridgewater College men's lacrosse team topped Southern Virginia by a 27-6 tally on Wednesday afternoon at Jopson Field.
Bridgewater opened the scoring with a Kevin Ashcraft goal in the opening moments of the game before freshman Landon Elmore followed with a goal off of a pass from Thomas Maher to put the Eagles up 2-0 early in the first quarter.
Following a lengthy scoreless drought from both teams, Southern Virginia got on the board with 3:03 to go in the first frame off of a David Hostetter goal to trim the Bridgewater lead to 2-1. The Eagles peppered the Southern Virginia goal during the stretch but couldn't find the back of the net before the Knights cut the lead in half.
The Eagles got back on the board with 2:49 to go in the first on a goal from Avery Levonuk to own a 3-1 lead. Levonuk tallied the final goal of the quarter off of a pass from Simmons as Bridgewater owned a 5-2 lead after the opening 15 minutes of play.
Bridgewater kicked off the second quarter with four unanswered goals as Nick Pray, Tylden Mosby, Jason Gerst and Derrick Daniels each found the back of the cage to put the Eagles up 9-2 with under 14 minutes to play in the first half.
Hostetter netted a man-up goal to put the Knights back on the board, trimming the Bridgewater lead to 9-3 with 9:19 to play in the second stanza.
After the Hostetter goal, the Eagles rounded out the first half with three straight goals to take a 12-3 halftime lead. Elmore, Levonuk and Pray each found the back of the net during the stretch with Bridgewater owning a comfortable lead in a lopsided first half.
The Eagles racked up 49 first-half shots while the Bridgewater defense limited Southern Virginia to just a dozen opportunities.
Out of the halftime break, Bridgewater found the back of the goal three times as Sean LeBlanc, Simmons and Mike Shaup each netted goals to put the Eagles up 15-3 with 12:50 to go in the third quarter.
Southern Virginia got back on the board and ended the Bridgewater scoring streak with a Joshua Neilson goal to trim the lead to a 15-4 Eagles' advantage.
With 11:54 to go in the third quarter, Isaac Ortiz got in on the scoring before Ashcraft netted his third goal of the game to build the Bridgewater lead to 17-4. Simmons netted back-to-back goals to push the Eagles out to a 19-4 lead with 8:48 to go in the third frame.
Knights midfielder Ryan Larsen found the back of the net to end the Bridgewater run before Billy Lentz responded immediately to put the Eagles in front 20-5. Bridgewater wrapped up the third quarter with two goals from Joshua Frey and a tally from Chris Dean as the Eagles owned a 23-5 lead with 15 minutes to play.
The Eagles played keep away for the majority of the start of the fourth quarter before Simmons snuck a shot by the keeper to build a 24-5 Bridgewater lead. Elmore found the back of the net to propel the Eagles to a 20-goal lead before Frey tallied a man-up goal off of a pass from Sam Cheplick to put Bridgewater out in front 26-5 with 4:37 remaining.
Southern Virginia netted its final goal of the game off of a Hostetter man-up goal with 3:17 to go before the Eagles ended the scoring with a Kyle Kokkonen goal with 1:48 to go to finalize the score at a 27-6 Bridgewater victory.
Simmons' four goals led the way for the Eagles while Ashcraft, Elmore, Frey and Levonuk each posted three-goal games to lead a Bridgewater offense that fired 85 shots at the Southern Virginia net on the afternoon.
Hostetter's three-goal game led the way for the Knights while Justin Thompson posted 22 saves in the loss.
Freshman Paul Miniaci scooped up a dozen ground balls, while Gerst added 10 as the Eagles tallied 92 ground balls on the day.
Larsen led the way for the Knights on the day with a game-high 23 ground balls.
Bridgewater is back in action on Wednesday at home against Ferrum. Start time against the Panthers is set for 3:30 p.m.