LYNCHBURG, Va. – In the conference opener at Randolph, the Bridgewater Eagles women's lacrosse team scored the first seven goals of the game and never looked back as the Eagles won their third game in a row with a 17-4 victory over the host WildCats.
Bridgewater raced out to a 4-0 lead less than 15 minutes into the game. Sophomore Katie Freeman opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game with a goal before fellow sophomore Taylor Chamberlain gave the Eagles a two-goal advantage with her first tally of the game with 25 and change to play in the first half. Freshman Jordyn Hutchins added the team's third score before Freeman tallied her second goal of the game to put the Eagles up 4-0.
The Bridgewater barrage continued with a tally from senior Megan Bach, followed by back-to-back goals from Chamberlain to push the Eagles ahead 7-0.
Over the final 10 and change of the first half the two teams traded scores with the Eagles leading by a 9-2 margin as the two teams headed to the break.
Bridgewater fired a blistering 27 shots in the first half of play, while the defense limited Randolph to just six opportunities. Freeman paced the offense with four first-half goals, while Chamberlain tallied three in the opening 30 minutes of play.
Out of the halftime intermission, freshman Paige Hennessy pushed the Bridgewater lead to 11-2 with back-to-back goals, before Chamberlain's fourth goal of the game put the Eagles ahead by double digits with under 25 minutes to play.
Sophomore Peggy Russell added her first career goal with 17:41 to play to extend the Eagles' lead to 13-2.
Bach added her second goal of the game with 12:50 to play to push the score to 14-2 before the WildCats finally answered with a goal of their own to chip the Bridgewater lead back to 11 at a 14-3 tally.
Hennessy, Bach and Freeman each added late goals, while the WildCats added a goal in the waning moments of the game as the Eagles eventually rolled to a convincing 17-4 victory in the conference opener.
Chamberlain matched her career-high set on Sunday with another eight-point effort. Her four assists is a new career high for the sophomore. Freeman set a new career-high in the win with five goals to pace the Eagles' offense.
On the evening, Bridgewater posted 40 shots which is the most for a Bridgewater team since the Eagles tallied 40 shots against Sweet Briar in 2009.
In the cage, freshman Laura Reynolds turned away five shots on the evening to record the win.
WildCats attacker Danielle Haney paced the Randolph offense with two goals. Randolph netminder Samantha Fagone turned away 14 Bridgewater shots in the loss.
Bridgewater is back in action on Saturday when the Eagles open the home part of the 2012 slate with a showdown against Guilford. Saturday's game also coincides with St. Patrick's Day and any Bridgewater fan wearing the color green will be entered into a raffle to win a prize at halftime. Start time on Saturday is set for 3 p.m.