Bridgewater Men’s Lacrosse Beats Shenandoah 11-8 on Historic Night


Bridgewater Eagles Athletics

Chris Martel in action against Shenandoah. Martel is the all-time goals leader in Bridgewater Lacrosse history.

Nathaniel Winebarger, Staff Writer

Bridgewater, Va.- Senior Chris Martel scored three goals against Shenandoah on Wednesday to lead Bridgewater to an 11-8 win while breaking the program’s all-time goals record.

“It was a hard fought win and a full team effort,” said Martel. “I could not have had a chance to beat the goal record if it wasn’t for my team that constantly has my back.”  

The Hornets got on the board first just 50 seconds into the game, but the Eagles responded when junior Trevor McClelland found the back of the net to end the first quarter. It was his 17th goal of the season.

The Eagles added another goal early in the second quarter by first-year Riley Stewart. He has 12 goals and 5 assists on the year.  

Shenandoah responded with two goals of their own to retake the lead. It would not last long as senior Connor McLean found the back of the net. He has 14 goals on the season, with a team leading 36 assists.  

He would add an assist on a Martel goal to take a 4-3 lead in the second quarter, the first of three on his record-breaking night. 

The Hornets notched the game at four before halftime and the two teams went into the half tied up.  

In a fairly low scoring game, the defenses played tough and junior Ty Carney stopped 20 shots, a career high in saves. 

“It was great to get a win like that on the road. I’m a little bruised up, but I’ll do whatever it takes to help this team get a win,” said Carney.  

Shenandoah scored to open the second half and take a 5-4 lead, but senior Jim Davis scored for the Eagles to tie the game back up once again. Junior Colby Smith also added a goal to take the lead.  

McLean and Martel connected again to take a two goal lead. The Eagles were able to take control of the game as McClelland netted his second goal of the night. Junior Gabe Alexander joined the party and scored his sixth goal of the year.  

“It’s great to help contribute to a great team win,” said McClelland. “This team brings a lot of energy every time we take the field, and we’ll try and keep it heading into the final stretch of the season.”

McLean and Martel collaborated more time to put the game away and give Martel the all-time goals record, a special moment for the upperclassmen.  

McLean scored the final goal for the Eagles, securing the 11-8 victory.  

Bridgewater fell to Roanoke on Saturday, and is 6-6 overall and 3-3 in ODAC play.  They retake the field on April 22 against Guilford in Greensboro.