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Late First Half Runs Leads #17 Hornets Past Bridgewater

eric husselbaigh winds up for a shot

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – A late second quarter run for #17 Lynchburg broke open a close game, as the Bridgewater College men's lacrosse team lost their ODAC opener 18-7.

The Hornets hit the Eagles with a 5-0 run over the final 4:35 of the opening half after the Eagles had trailed just 4-3 at that point.

The Hornets had committed a slash with just two seconds on the shot clock to give the Eagles a fresh possession and Chris Martel's man up goal off a great feed from Lucas Johnson made it 4-3. Right off the faceoff Bridgewater was called for a slash, but was able to kill it off.

However, two nice feeds gave the Hornets a pair of goals in a span of just 20 seconds. In the final minutes of the second quarter another Lynchburg goal was accompanied by an Eagle flag, leading to a man-up tally with 31 seconds left. Lynchburg scored again with six seconds left in the half, and got a faceoff violation flag to head into the third quarter man-up.

BC goalie Hunter Bagby (19 saves) stopped four shots on the same first quarter possession, the final two from Clayton Jones. On the next possession, he made a great save on Lynchburg Preseason All-American Evan Lombardo, and the next time down the field Brandon Schick dispossessed Lombardo right in front of the cage.

The excellent early defensive performance paid off as Justin Calabrese got BC on the board late in the first quarter, and Husselbaugh pulled off an athletic crease dive early in the second to make it 3-2.

The Hornets pulled away with their power play prowess however, scoring seven times on nine man-up opportunities.

Johnson (from Taylor Phipps), Martel (his second man-up goal, from Husselbaugh), and Husselbaugh all scored in the third quarter for the Eagles. Calabrese capped the BC scoring in the fourth quarter.

Andrew Thomas led the Hornets with five goals and an assist, with Logan Adams assisting on four Lynchburg tallies.

The Eagles (4-1, 0-1 ODAC) will conclude a five-game homestand on Wednesday against Medaille.