LYNCHBURG, Va. – Despite owning a 4-3 halftime lead, the Bridgewater Eagles women's lacrosse team couldn't overcome a second-half run from the host Hornets of Lynchburg College as the Eagles dropped a 16-7 decision in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) action.
Bridgewater got on the board first when sophomore Taylor Chamberlain put a shot in the back of the net before extending the lead off of a Megan Bach goal with 27:26 to play in the opening half to own a 2-0 advantage.
Lynchburg got on the board with just under 22 to play in the opening stanza to cut the Eagles' lead in half before tying the score at two goals each two minutes later.
The Hornets took the lead for the first time when a Kendall Atkin tally with 18:22 to play pushed Lynchburg ahead by a 3-2 margin.
Bridgewater's defense clamped down for the final 18 minutes of the opening stanza, while the offense tallied two more goals to put the Eagles up 4-3 as the two teams headed to the locker room.
With 11:10 to play in the first half, sophomore Katie Freeman stuck a shot past the Hornets keeper to tie the game at three each before Bach netted her second goal of the game with under four to play in the first set off of a free position shot to hand the Eagles a one-goal lead at the half.
Lynchburg opened the second stanza with back-to-back goals to regain the lead over the Eagles at a 5-4 tally with 27 and change to play.
Over the next eight minutes, Lynchburg stuck four more unanswered shots in the back of the net to take a 9-4 lead over the Eagles with 17:01 remaining.
Lynchburg continued their run with two more goals to own a seven-goal advantage before the Eagles got back on the board with a Freeman goal to chip the Hornets' lead to 11-5 with 14:31 left.
Both teams traded goals with a pair of tallies from the stick of Paige Hennessy drawing the Eagles to a 14-7 deficit with 7:09 to play.
Over the final seven and change, Lynchburg tallied two more goals to finalize the scoring, handing the Eagles a 16-7 road loss .
Bach, Freeman and Hennessy each had two-goal games to pace the Bridgewater offense.
Freshman goalkeeper Laura Reynolds turned away five shots in the loss.
Lynchburg was paced offensively by a four-goal outing from Bri Slate, while netminder Christina Tran stopped six Bridgewater shots to earn the win for the Hornets.
Bridgewater is back in action on Wednesday when Hollins comes to town. Start time against Hollins is set for 4:30 p.m.