MLAX: Berg wins 2018 opener over Bethany

Photos courtesy of Mason Hainey
Photos courtesy of Mason Hainey
  • Heidelberg MLAX earns first-ever home win in a 16-2 victory
  • Bruder shines in goal in first collegiate start
  • Wernerspach and Selfridge each score four goals

TIFFIN -- Home, sweet home.

After going 0-8 in Tiffin last season -- the Heidelberg University men's lacrosse team earned its first-ever win at Hoernemann Stadium, a 16-2 drubbing of Bethany College.

Senior captain Matt Wernerspach led the charge, scoring four goals and tallying two assists. Nick Selfridge also scored four goals and added an assist.

Freshman goalie Alex Bruder was spectacular in his first collegiate start, making 11 saves.

The Student Princes scored early and often, netting six goals in the opening period. Two minutes into the game, sophomore Eli Haire slipped a shot past the Bethany goalie for an early lead. Less than a minute later, Barry Middleton added an unassisted goal.

Four minutes in, Selfridge scored his first of the day, and was followed 70 seconds later by Middleton's second goal of the afternoon. Five minutes into the contest Heidelberg led the Bison 4-0, prompting a timeout by the visitors.

Two goals from Hunter Edwards in the final five minutes of the first period extended the Student Prince lead to 6-0. Bethany's Will Gatling added one goal before the end of the period.

Three minutes into the second, Selfridge tallied his second goal of the afternoon. HU scored once more before the end of the half when Wernerspach found Patrick McCarthy for an 8-1 lead at intermission.

The Berg kept the foot on the gas in the second half, adding six goals in the third quarter. After a Bison goal, Wernerspach responded off a feed from Selfridge. Goals by Selfridge, Wernerspach, McCarthy, and Brock Hodson rounded out the period.

With three goals in the fourth, Heidelberg cruised to its first ever home victory.

With 16 goals, it was the most the Berg has scored in a game in team history. Surrendering two goals, it was the least amount of goals Heidelberg has given up in a game.

The 14-goal differential was the largest margin of victory in Berg history.

Marcus Marasigan and Chris Storrs anchored the defense for the Student Princes. Storrs caused five turnovers and picked up a team-high seven ground balls. Marasigan picked up five ground balls and caused four turnovers.

"I'm glad to see some of the things we focused on at practice showed today," said head coach Bill Schmoldt. "I'm really happy for the guys to get a win at home and I thought Bruder played well in his first college start."

Heidelberg outshot the Bison, 42-19. The Berg was also an efficient 27 of 28 on clear attempts.

HU will look to carry the momentum into its next game, a Mar. 3 matchup with Franciscan University. First faceoff at Hoernemann Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m.