FROSTBURG, Md. – Sophomore Taylor Chamberlain netted four goals and dished out an assist, but the Bridgewater Eagles women's lacrosse team couldn't overcome a slow second-half start as the Eagles fell by a 15-8 score at Frostburg State in the season opener.
Frostburg State (1-1) struck first before Chamberlain netted her first goal of the day to knot the game up at one each just minutes into action.
The Bobcats established a 3-1 lead before a Paige Hennessy tally cut the Frostburg State lead to 3-2 with 18 and change left in the first half.
Over the final minutes of the first frame, Frostburg State added three goals to own a 6-2 advantage at the break.
Frostburg State's run continued with three goals to open the second half before sophomore Katie Freeman stuck a shot past the keeper off of a Chamberlain pass to cut the Bobcats lead to 9-3 with 17:40 to play.
Both teams traded scores over the next six minutes, with the Eagles trailing by eight with 11 and change remaining before an Eagles scoring barrage brought Bridgewater to within striking distance.
Chamberlain scored three unassisted goals in 88 seconds before senior Jenny Logan added a tally to cut the FSU lead to 12-8 with 5:56 remaining but the Eagles didn't have enough firepower down the stretch as they eventually fell by a 15-8 tally on the road against the Bobcats.
The Eagles were relatively even with the Bobcats in shots as Frostburg State owned a slim 28-to-22 advantage. Bridgewater also stayed tight with Frostburg State in shots on goal, with the Bobcats owning a meager 22-to-18 advantage in shots on frame.
Chamberlain's four goals paced the way, while the Finksburg, Md. native tallied a game-high 10 shots in the loss.
Frostburg State was paced offensively by three-goal games from Taylor Cassatt, Kaitlyn Dudley and Katelyn Kesecker.
Freshman Laura Reynolds picked up the loss in the cage for the Eagles, notching seven saves on the afternoon.
"I was really impressed with the fight we put up to get back in the game in the second half," said head coach Kim Lowry. "The key from here is to make sure we don't wait to get down goals before we play with that kind of fire."
Bridgewater is back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Ferrum for a non-conference affair with the Panthers. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m.