BY: KRISTEN EWING
BETHANY W.V. – The temperature may have not been as nice as it was earlier in the week, but the Bethany Men’s Lacrosse Team still had a hot start to the season. The Bison took on Heidelberg for the home opener of the 2017 season.
The 2015-2016 season was not the best for the Bison, ending with an overall record of 3-13. However, starting out this season with a win, the momentum and excitement will lead the Bison to many victories especially if the crowd and atmosphere is as exhilarating as it was on Saturday.
The game went back and forth in scores. Heidelberg took the lead early in the first period but the Bison started fighting back and pushing those numbers. Daniel Boothe, sophomore and a new member to the team, scored the first goal for Bethany.
With the score being tied at the end of the fourth period, the teams were sent into sudden death overtime which is four minutes. At the end of those four minutes, Bethany and Heidelberg were still left with a score of 9-9 going on to double overtime. Both teams had outstanding defenses. As the clock was winding down to the final seconds with a tied score still, Christopher Isaacs, junior, finished the game with the assist from Jake Holland, senior, to lead the Bison to a 10-9 victory.
When I asked Isaacs how he felt after scoring the game winning goal, he responded with, “To be honest, I was excited to be able to get the game winning goal for my team. If it wasn’t for Jake Holland having trust in me and then team, it wouldn’t have happened. Overall, it was a team win and because of it we are all excited. 1-0 baby!”
In an interview with Head Coach, Ryan Hilyer, he expressed what he was feeling during the game. He said, “We were confident the entire game. Our second quarter seemed to get us a little out of sorts but we tightened back up after the half. I was confident in the guys offensively to do the right thing with the ball, especially in the overtimes. As for the defensive side, we were trying to stay penalty free and let them make mistakes offensively.”
We also talked about what Hilyer looks forward to the rest of the season. He replied, “I am looking forward to the growth of our team. We have a good handful of new guys and we seem to be coming together as a collective group. There is a good amount of work that still needs to be done, even after an exciting win like Saturdays game.”
Hilyer also talked about what the team needs to improve on. He stated, “We need to clean up our unforced turnovers and do a little better in the clearing aspect of the game. If we can gain more possessions, we will set ourselves up better to not need to go into two overtimes to win. I appreciate all the hustle and I am proud of the guys. We are excited to continue our out of conference schedule in the upcoming weeks and we thank everyone that came out to support the program. It was great to see.”
The Bison will take on Oglethorpe next Saturday, March 4, at 1:00PM at Hoag Field.