ROANOKE, Va. – Senior Megan Bach earned a penalty stroke in the final minutes with the game knotted up at two goals each and capitalized on the opportunity to propel the Bridgewater Eagles field hockey team to a 3-2 victory over the Roanoke Maroons.
Roanoke (4-9, 2-2 ODAC) responded eight-and-a-half minutes later when Kelly Finn took a Julienne Brown pass and put in into the left side of the cage to knot the score up at a goal each at the 10:11 mark of the opening stanza.
Finn wasted little time in giving the Maroons the lead when she took a crossing pass from Mariel Hunt and put it in the back of the cage to put the Eagles down by a 2-1 score.
Bridgewater peppered the Roanoke keeper following Finn's second tally, but the Eagles couldn't net the equalizer as the game remained at a 2-1 Maroons advantage at the intermission.
After the halftime break, junior Kelly Ryan needed just five minutes to bring the game back to even terms when she fired a shot past the right side of the Roanoke keeper to knot the game up at two each with 30 minutes to play.
Bridgewater continued its offensive barrage in the middle part of the second stanza, pounding shots on the Maroons keeper before earning a penalty stroke in the waning minutes of the game. Bach capitalized on the stroke to give the Eagles a hard fought 3-2 victory.
The Eagles outshot the host Maroons by an 18-to-8 margin as junior Joan Burleson and Ryan led the Eagles with four shots each on the evening. Finn and Lee Sheldon led the Maroons offense with two shots each.
Senior goalkeeper Taylor Waddell earned the victory in the cage, turning away five Roanoke shots along the way. Cristina Scichilone posted the loss, recording eight saves for the Maroons.
Bridgewater is back in action on Saturday morning when it hosts Shenandoah. Action from Mapp Field is set for an 11:00 a.m. start.