BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Bridgewater College defeated Shenandoah University 10-7 in Saturday afternoon's ODAC matchup. Saturday's Senior Day contest saw 10 seniors close out their Bridgewater lacrosse careers with one final victory.
Blake Mann led all scorers in the game as he tallied four goals and one assist. Hunter Callan and Chris Voorhees contributed two goals each. Voorhees' second goal looked more like a soccer goal than a lacrosse goal as he kicked the ball into the back of the net. He notched his 100th career goal with that score, Voorhees leaves as the all-time leader in career points and is the second member of the 100-career goal club, joining Mann.
Along with their strong offensive performance, the Eagles received a strong effort from their defense. Senior goalkeeper Michael Fairley turned away 10 Shenandoah shots. Jake Truman scooped up four ground balls and caused two turnovers. Benjamin Vayer scooped up four ground balls himself, while causing three turnovers in the game.
Bridgewater got off to a quick start in Saturday's matchup. The Eagles scored the game's first three goal and led 5-1 after one period of play. Mann tallied two of his goals in the three-goal burst to start the game. Callan and Steven Cosgrove answered Shenandoah's goal with a goal of their own to end the first period.
The Eagles continued their hot start into the second quarter as Callan once again found the back of the net just 2:21 into the period. Shenandoah finally found some room in the Bridgewater defense in the second as they notched four goals in the period to enter halftime down 9-5.
The second half saw both teams turn up the defensive intensity as only three goals were scored. Shenandoah's Ryan Schott found the back of the net off the pass from Michael Brooks with 6:06 remaining in the third period.
The Eagles put the game away early in the fourth period when Taylor Phipps assisted Mann on his final goal of the day just 3:30 into the final period. The Hornets narrowed the gap to 10-7 with Tilghman Sanders' man-up goal; Connor Bishop received the assist on the play. That's the closest Shenandoah would get in the final minutes of play.
The contest marked the end of the season for Bridgewater lacrosse as the Eagles finished their year with a record of 7-9 and 3-6 in ODAC competition. The three conference wins sets a new program record for ODAC victories in a season.