LYNCHBURG, Va. - Senior Tyler Bradshaw scored three goals on four shorts while senior goalie Kevin Freidenberg stopped an impressive 17 shots on goal to lead the Swarthmore men's lacrosse team (1-2), but Lynchburg scored five unanswered goals in the decisive second period to lead the Hornets past the Garnet 12-7 on Wednesday afternoon.
Sophomore Max Hubbard added goals in the second and fourth periods, freshman James Wright added a goal, assist and three ground balls while senior Gavin Musynske also found the back of the net to lead the Garnet charge. Eight different players scored for the homestanding Hornets, led by a hat trick from midfielder Ethan Farrell.
The difference in the physical game was the second period. Thanks to an unassisted goal from Wright with just :55 seconds remaining in the first period, the Garnet found themselves down 3-2 heading into the second with the momentum at its back. But the tide quickly turned for the Garnet, as Farrell scored his second of the three goals, extending the Lynchburg lead to 4-2 at the 12:47 mark. Then, over the next four minutes of play, the Hornets scored four goals - three unassisted - to complete a 5-0 run, giving the Hornets a commanding 8-2 lead with 8:52 remaining in the half.
From there, the Garnet outscore the Hornets 5-4, thanks in part to Freidenberg's play in net and second-half goals from the Bradshaw and Musnyske, but it was too little, too late as Lynchburg held on for the 12-7 win.
The Hornets held decisive advantages in shots (48-23), ground balls (50-35) and face offs won (19-4).
Senior Anthony Phalen and junior Pat Greene added assists fro Swat. Freshman Mike Girardi picked up four ground balls.
Freidenberg's 17 saves was just one shy of his career of 18. The senior captain also added a team-high nine groundballs.
With his eight goals for the season, Bradshaw finds himself currently ranked fifth in the Centennial Conference in goals scored.
The Garnet begin Centennial Conference play with a trip to Ursinus on Wednesday, March 17