BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Bridgewater College men's lacrosse attack exploded for 27 goals in a 27-6 win over William Peace on Saturday.
Blake Mann had five goals and two assists while Eric Husselbaugh had five points on three goals and two helpers. Taylor Phipps and Sean MacLeish also had hat tricks for the Eagles.
Jake Truman scored twice with the long pole and added two caused turnovers and four ground balls. Freshman defenseman Shawn Bliley also totaled two caused turnovers and four ground balls. Mason Gauntt had a game-high five ground balls.
After William Peace struck first, Husselbaugh fired three outside shots from the same area to the right of the cage. The first two beat Pacers goalie Nick Shelton (11 saves) to give BC the lead, before Shelton made a good save up high on the third.
Benjamin Vayer led a transition attack that ended in a tough low save by Shelton on Truman. On the clear a William Peace defender threw it into the goal for a 3-1 Bridgewater lead however.
Justin Calabrese completed a tough pass across the area to Daniel Brown at the beginning of the second quarter to make it 8-3. Tanner Brown answered 10 seconds later for Peace, scoring right off the ground ball following the faceoff.
Bridgewater then turned it over on the clear, but Michael Meley ripped a shot off the crossbar with a chance to cut the deficit to three.
BC soon ran away with the game, ultimately scoring 10 times in the second quarter.
Truman stayed on the field after an Eagle clear and scored from Joey Tabak for a 12-4 lead. Mann pulled off two nice crease moves in a span of 36 seconds to make it 15-4.
Alesandro Gargano forced a giveaway and blew past the William Peace defense, finishing off the breakaway to make it 17-4 at the half.
Junior Hunter Bagby led four Eagle goalies with five stops, including a nice double-save in the second half.
Bridgewater (4-0 for the first time) will travel to Wesley on Wednesday.