BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Bridgewater scored the game's first two goals and netted the final goal of regulation to force overtime, but the Eagles women's lacrosse team couldn't get on the board in the extra set en route to a 12-11 overtime loss to the visiting Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets.
Sophomore Taylor Chamberlain got the Eagles rolling with 27:43 to play in the first half when she scored off of a free position shot to put Bridgewater up 1-0 early.
Senior Megan Bach extended the early Bridgewater lead with a goal of her own with 26:20 to play as the Eagles offense was on fire early in the contest.
Randolph-Macon got on the board with a Kelly Egan goal before the senior netted another goal five minutes later to knot the game at two goals each with 17 and half minutes to play in the opening frame.
The Yellow Jackets kept things rolling with back-to-back goals from Betsy Hebert to take a 4-2 lead over the Eagles before sophomore Katie Freeman stuck a shot in the back of the net off of Jenny Logan assist to bring the Eagles back to within a goal with eight and change to play in the opening set.
Randolph-Macon used a Carrie Jacobs goal to extend its lead back to two, but Freeman stuck a shot in the back of the goal off of a free position look to cut the margin to 5-4 at the intermission.
Bridgewater outshot the visiting Yellow Jackets by an 18-11 tally and also owned a 6-4 advantage in draw controls in a tightly contested first half.
Out of the halftime break, a pair of Rachel Johnsen goals extend the Yellow Jackets lead, forcing a Bridgewater timeout.
Chamberlain got the Eagles back on the board out of the timeout when she scored off of a Bach helper to cut the Randolph-Macon advantage to a slim 7-5 margin.
Egan stuck her third shot of the game in the back of the net before Chamberlain again answered, this time with a man-up, to bring the game to a two-goal difference at an 8-6 margin with 22:13 remaining in regulation.
Randolph-Macon responded with a two-goal run to build a 10-6 lead before a feverish run from the Eagles knotted the game up in its' latter minutes.
Bach netted a goal off of a free position shot before Chamberlain tallied an unassisted goal to bridge the gap to 10-8 with 14:50 to play. Freeman continued the goal barrage for the Eagles when she stuck put a shot past the keeper off of a Jenny Logan assist to bring the Yellow Jacket lead to 10-9.
Freshman Paige Hennessy knotted the game up at 10 goals each with 8:57 to play off of a free position shot before the Yellow Jackets responded a minute later to regain the lead at an 11-10 margin.
Bridgewater owned the ensuing draw control and maintained control of the remainder of regulation before Logan netted the equalizer with 1:25 to play to force an extra session.
Both teams went scoreless over the first three minutes of the overtime session before switching sides.
With 1:20 to play in the game, Hebert netted the game winning goal for the Yellow Jackets, handing the Eagles a tough 12-11 loss on Senior Day.
Chamberlain paced the Eagles offensive with four goals, while Freeman chipped in three goals in the loss.
Junior Caitlin Boles picked up the loss in the net, allowing nine goals in 50-plus minutes in the cage.
Bridgewater owned a 38-to-25 advantage in shots and also won the draw control battle by a 15-12 margin.
Egan and Hebert led the Yellow Jackets offensively with four goals each, while Nicole Woodworth stoned 13 Bridgewater scoring attempts to earn the win.
Bridgewater is back in action on Wednesday when it wraps up its three-game homestand with a game against Washington and Lee. Start time against the Generals is set for 4:30 p.m.