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Eagles Can't Overcome First Half Deficit vs. Washington College

sean macleish makes a move

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Despite an entertaining second half, the Bridgewater College men's lacrosse team couldn't overcome an early deficit in a 10-6 loss to Washington College on Wednesday.

The teams exchanged goals for the entire second half. Early in the period Jake Truman caused a turnover, picked up the ground ball, and flipped it to a teammate in the defensive third. He got it back and went the length of the field to score with the long pole for the fourth time this season.

After a Shoremen man-up goal, Sean MacLeish answered man-up to make it 7-3.

The visitors then scored 6-on-7 after the Bridgewater defense was caught offsides, but the Eagles answered again on another MacLeish man-up goal to keep the score close at 9-5.

Washington College started the fourth quarter on the power play after a slash late in the third and made it count, with Tanner Barbieri scoring to restore a five-goal margin, 10-5.

After Daniel Brown hit the post, MacLeish converted another tough solo effort to make it 10-6 with 7:52 remaining. The Eagles could get no closer however.

MacLeish finished with four goals while Eric Husselbaugh had a goal, an assist and six ground balls. Truman finished with six ground balls and three caused turnovers.

BC won 12-of-19 faceoffs, led by Mason Gauntt, who was 9-of-14 with five ground balls. Goalie Kevin Metzger made 14 saves in the cage.

Metzger made a stop on the game's first shot on target. He then nearly had a caused turnover on the same possession, partially deflecting a pass from Cooper Sloan. The ball redirected into the cage however to get the visitors on the board.

Metzger made two more saves midway through the first quarter but the Eagles were too slow to clear. Scott Tucker forced a turnover as Washington College tried to capitalize.

The Shoremen struck twice in 35 seconds late in the first to take a 3-0 lead heading into the second period.

Washington College got the first man-up opportunity of the day early in the second, and Metzger made a low save on Casey Grieves. After the penalty cleared, he made another tough low stop on Grieves, and then caught an attempt from Sloan.

MacLeish posted up and scored on a nice high rip to trim the deficit to 3-1, but the Shoremen answered just 72 seconds later, and took a 6-1 lead into the break.

Bridgewater falls to 5-2 and will host Hampden-Sydney on Saturday in the Eagles' second conference game of the season. Washington College improves to 5-1 on the year.