VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Bridgewater Eagles women's lacrosse team erased a five-goal deficit in the first half to force overtime before sophomore Katie Freeman stuck a shot past the keeper in the second overtime set to hand the Eagles a 13-12 victory over the host Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan.
Bridgewater took an early 1-0 lead when Freeman stuck a shot in the net just 32 seconds into play to give the Eagles a one-goal advantage.
Virginia Wesleyan responded with a goal a minute later before Freeman scored her second goal of the game with 25:18 to play in the first half to put the Eagles back on top by a 2-1 tally in an early offensive slugfest.
The two teams traded goals for the ensuing 10 minutes with sophomore Taylor Chamberlain and senior Jenny Logan netting goals to put the Eagles ahead 4-3 before the Marlins used a six-goal run to own a 9-4 lead over the Eagles with 6:59 to play in the first.
Following the big Virginia Wesleyan run, the Eagles answered with four unanswered goals of their own, kicked off by Paige Hennessy's unassisted tally with 5:16 to play in the opening frame. Freeman registered her third goal of the game to chip the Marlins' lead to three before back-to-back Hennessy goals brought Bridgewater to within one at a 9-8 tally with 3:43 left in the opening stanza.
With 41 ticks to play in the first, Virginia Wesleyan netted the final goal of the half to own a 10-8 halftime advantage.
The Marlins owned a slim 14-11 advantage in shots in the first half, while the Eagles posted an 11-8 advantage in draw controls over the first 30 minutes.
Out of the break, a three-goal spurt mixed with an outstanding defensive effort put the Eagles back on top by an 11-10 gap with 10 and change to play.
Hennessy rattled a shot past the keeper to get the Eagles to within one before netting her fifth goal of the game to tie the score up at 10 all.
Freeman stuck a shot past the keeper with 10:17 to play, giving the Eagles their first lead since the early minutes of the game.
Virginia Wesleyan slowed down the Bridgewater attack and knotted the score at 11 each with 1:58 to play, forcing overtime.
With 1:45 to go in the first overtime session, the Marlins took the lead off of an Allison Buckley goal and owned a one-goal lead until the two teams switched ends.
After the change, Chamberlain wasted little with in netting the equalizer when she put a shot in the back of the cage with 1:53 to play in the first extra set, tying the score at 12 each, forcing another overtime frame.
In the second overtime, Hennessy controlled the pivotal draw for the Eagles before Freeman took a Chamberlain pass and put it by the keeper with 2:32 to play in the extra session, handing the Eagles a 13-12 victory.
Freeman and Hennessy each registered five-goal games to pace the Eagles offensively, while the team was outshot by a 30-21 gap on the day. Freeman also added an assist to notch a six-point day.
In the cage, Laura Reynolds earned the win, turning away 10 Virginia Wesleyan shots along the way.
The Marlins were paced offensively by five players with two goals each, while a pair of netminders split time in the net.
Bridgewater is back at home on Wednesday when it hosts Roanoke. Opening draw against the Maroons is set for 5 p.m.