BRIDGEWATER, Va. – In the 2012 home opener, the Bridgewater Eagles women's lacrosse team held close with the visiting Guilford Quakers early in the first half but a big Guilford rally proved to be too much to overcome as the Eagles eventually fell by a 19-9 tally.
Guilford struck first when Eleanora Keene netted a shot off of a Lily Colley pass to put the Quakers up 1-0 with 27:03 to play in the first.
Bridgewater responded with a goal of its own when Taylor Chamberlain stuck a shot past the keeper one minute later to knot the game at a goal each.
Following the Chamberlain tally, Guilford used a three-goal run to build some separation on the Eagles before sophomore Katie Freeman stuck a shot past the Quakers keeper to end the spurt and draw the game to a 4-2 Guilford advantage with 17:39 to play in the opening frame.
Over the remainder of the first half, Guilford outscored the Eagles by a 5-1 tally, with Bridgewater's lone goal coming with a man up as Chamberlain stuck a shot in the net, but Bridgewater trailed the visiting Quakers after a half by a 9-3 margin.
After the halftime break, Guilford used a pair of goals in the first four-plus minutes to build an 11-3 lead before Chamberlain netted her third goal of the game to trim the gap to 11-4 with 23:35 to play.
Guilford answered the Chamberlain goal with one of its own before back-to-back goals from Paige Hennessy drew the Eagles to within six at a 12-6 margin with 18:28 remaining in the game.
Following the Hennessy spurt, Guilford scored three straight goals to effectively put the game out of reach before senior Megan Bach scored off of a Chamberlain pass with 12:22 to play to cut the gap to 15-7.
Down the stretch, Guilford outscored the Eagles by a 4-2 tally, with Bridgewater's goals coming from Chamberlain and Freeman, but the Eagles didn't have enough firepower as they eventually fell by a 19-9 tally at the hands of the Quakers.
Chamberlain's four-goal, three-assist game paced the Eagles offensively, while Freeman added two goals in the loss. Bridgewater outshot Guilford on the day by a 33-to-32 margin and drew to a dead heat with the Quakers in draw controls at a 15-15 tally.
Freshman Laura Reynolds picked up the loss, turning away five Guilford shots along the way.
Guilford was paced offensively by E'leyna Garcia's four-goal, four-assist performance.
Netminder Liza Mettler picked up the win for the Quakers, posting 14 saves.
Bridgewater is back in action on Wednesday when it travels to McDaniel for a non-conference affair. Opening draw is set for 5 p.m.