April 18, 2012

Women’s Lacrosse Drops Heartbreaker to Roanoke, 10-9

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – In less than ideal conditions at the BC Lacrosse Field, the Bridgewater Eagles women's lacrosse team built a three-goal lead in the middle of the second half but couldn't hold off a Roanoke rally as the Eagles fell to the Maroons by a 10-9 score.

Sophomore Katie Freeman put the Eagles on the board early in the game when she took a Taylor Chamberlain pass and stroked it past the Maroons keeper to give Bridgewater a 1-0 lead.

Roanoke responded with four straight goals, two from the stick of Allison Bonanno, to take a 4-1 lead with 16:53 to play in the opening frame.

Chamberlain ended the Roanoke run and kick started a Bridgewater run when she took a Jenny Logan pass and beat the keeper to cut the Maroons' lead to 4-2 with 15:55 left in the first.

Freeman followed the Chamberlain tally with her second goal of the game to trim the Roanoke lead to one before Chamberlain stuck her second shot of the game past the keeper to draw the game to a 4-4 deadlock with 10 and change to play in the opening frame.

Roanoke regained the lead on a Darragh Evarts goal to own a 5-4 halftime lead in what was an evenly played first 30 minutes.

Both teams posted 11 shots in the first half, while the brilliant play of freshman goalkeeper Laura Reynolds kept the Eagles within striking distance. Reynolds recorded five first-half saves for the Eagles in the cage.

Freeman gave the Eagles the lead back with back-to-back goals to open the second half, with the latter coming from a Megan Bach helper.

Bach got in on the scoring with 26:19 to play in the game when she scored off of a man-up opportunity on a free-position shot to put the Eagles ahead 7-5.

Freshman Paige Hennessy continued the Bridgewater run when she put a shot past the Roanoke keeper to build the Eagles' advantage to 8-5 with 20:53 remaining.

Roanoke responded with four unanswered goals over the next eight minutes to take the lead back at a 9-8 gap with 12 and change to play.

Bach ended the Maroons run and drew the game back to a deadlock with under 10 minutes to go when she registered her second goal of the game off of a free-position shot to bring the score to 9-9.

Following the Bach goal, Roanoke controlled the ensuing draw and looked to grind the clock down before an Evarts goal gave the Maroons the lead with 7:26 to play.

Bridgewater controlled the following draw after the Evarts goal and worked into the offensive end and had an opportunity at the equalizer on a Hennessy shot, but the freshman's stroke went wide and possession went the way of the Maroons.

Roanoke made a costly error with 36 ticks to play, giving the Eagles one final possession before a Bridgewater timeout with 22 seconds to go setup the final play of the game.

Out of the timeout, the Eagles moved into the offensive zone but turned the ball over to Roanoke and the Maroons ran out the final moments of the game to hand Bridgewater a heartbreaking 10-9 loss.

Roanoke outshot the Eagles by a miniscule 24-23 margin, while the Eagles owned a 14-7 advantage on the draw.

Bridgewater's 20 turnovers in the game proved to be a major factor in the outcome of the contest as the Maroons owned a 28-16 edge in ground balls.

On the offensive end, Freeman's four-goal outing paced the way for the Eagles while Bach and Chamberlain each registered multi-goal games with two goals apiece.

Sophomore Sarah Conner and Logan each scooped up four ground balls in the loss while Reynolds paced the way with three caused turnovers.

Reynolds was superb in the cage, posting 11 saves in the loss, including six in the second half.

Bonanno led the Maroons' offense with a three-goal game while Cristina Scichilone earned the win, allowing just two goals over the final 26:19 of play. Lauren Curtin opened the game for the Maroons and allowed seven goals and recorded no saves.

Bridgewater is back in action on Friday at Shenandoah. Opening draw against the Hornets is set for 7 p.m.