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Eagles Can't Hold Off Tigers in Second Half of ODAC Playoff

connor mclean drives to the cage at hampden-sydney

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – Hampden-Sydney scored 12 times in the second half after the Eagles had edged to within two in the third, as the Bridgewater College men's lacrosse team fell 19-11 in the ODAC quarterfinals.

Sean MacLeish had four goals and two assists in his final collegiate game, while Eric Husselbaugh (two goals, two assists) and Connor McLean (goal, two assists) also contributed on the attack.

Defenseman Grayson Rech caused four turnovers, but at the other end Hampden-Sydney goalie Nick Arcuri recorded 16 saves along with several Eagle shots that hit the post.

On the first possession of the third, Husselbaugh drew a slash to the head and still assisted MacLeish to edge closer at 7-5. On the ensuing man advantage, Husselbaugh hit the pipe.

HSC answered with three quick ones, but MacLeish scored and then assisted Husselbaugh to make it 10-7 midway through the third.

The Tigers answered that with Jake Brummett feeding Jared Medwar right off the faceoff to stretch the gap back to four. BC got another man-advantage and hit yet another pipe, this time from MacLeish.

The faceoff specialists Mason Gauntt and Brummett traded goals within the opening 13 seconds of the fourth quarter.

The teams traded goals for most of the final period, scoring four times each before the Tigers closed the game with another 3-0 run.

After holding the Tigers scoreless in the fourth quarter in a regular season victory, the Eagles could expect their opponents to start fast- and they did, taking a 3-0 lead in the opening seven minutes. Trailing 2-0 Hunter Bagby saved two shots on a possession, but Bridgewater was saved at the other end and Bobby Clagett found Jake O'Brien with a nice underhand pass for the 3-0 lead.

After two shots saved and another off the pipe on an extended possession, McLean found Justin Calabrese to finally get BC on the board with 4:19 left in the first.

McLean then made it 4-2 HSC with 2:12 on the clock, off a feed from Trent Cheney.

Hampden-Sydney had a 6-on-4 in the second quarter. Medwar scored and drew a crosscheck on the play as well. Rech caused a turnover on the ensuing man-advantage and Husselbaugh had a decent shorthanded look but shot wide.

Bridgewater had a 6-on-4 chance on their own later in the second, but turned the ball over. MacLeish pulled the Eagles to within 7-4 at halftime after the Tigers turned it over deep in their own end and McLean found him wide open for the finish.

The Eagles finish their most successful season to date with a 13-5 record, while Hampden-Sydney moves on to face Lynchburg in the ODAC semifinals on Friday.