ARLINGTON, Va. – Sophomore Taylor Chamberlain scored five goals and dished out an assist but the Bridgewater Eagles women's lacrosse team couldn't overcome a first-half run by the host Saints of Marymount University as the Eagles fell by an 18-11 tally in the season finale.
Bridgewater owned the opening draw but a turnover in the offensive end turned into a goal for Marymount, pushing the Saints to a 1-0 lead.
Following the goal, the Eagles returned the favor when junior Savannah Key caused a Marymount turnover, which turned into a Jenny Logan goal to knot the game up at 1-1 with 27:10 to play in the first half.
Marymount responded to the Logan goal with a four-goal run of its own to open up a 5-1 lead with 24:38 left in the opening frame.
Sophomore Katie Freeman broke up the Saints run when she took a Chamberlain pass and beat the keeper to cut the Marymount lead to 5-2.
Back-to-back Saints goals pushed the host team back ahead by a 7-2 tally until Chamberlain ripped a shot by the keeper off of a Freeman pass to cut the lead back to four at a 7-3 gap with 14:43 to go in the opening half.
Marymount again responded with two straight goals before a yellow card on the Saints gave Bridgewater a man-up opportunity with 12 and change left in the first.
Bridgewater took full advantage of the opportunity when Key put a shot in the back of the cage to bring the score to 9-4.
Over the remainder of the first half, the Saints scored two more goals and held the Eagles off of the scoreboard as Marymount took an 11-4 lead into the locker room.
Despite the one-sided score, Marymount outshot Bridgewater by a slim 14-10 margin over the first 30 minutes, while the Eagles owned a 10-9 advantage in ground balls. Marymount used an 11-5 advantage in draws to open up its' seven-goal halftime lead.
Out of the intermission, the Saints pushed their lead to a 12-4 tally with the first goal of the half before the two teams traded goals with Marymount leading by a 15-7 score with 12:37 to play.
Senior Megan Bach got in on the scoring with 11:35 to go when she scored an unassisted goal to cut the lead to seven.
Freshman Paige Hennessy got a mini-run going for the Eagles when she registered an unassisted goal with just under 10 minutes to play to cut the lead to a manageable 15-9 tally.
Following a Marymount goal, the two teams traded goals over the remainder of the game with Chamberlain notching both Bridgewater scores before the Eagles eventually fell by an 18-11 tally.
Chamberlain's five-goal game paced a Bridgewater offense that registered 22 shots in the loss.
Freshman Laura Reynolds recorded the loss, turning away five Marymount shots on the evening.
Three Saints netted a hat trick in the win while Kiki Niebuhr turned away eight Bridgewater shots in 45-plus minutes of action to earn the victory.
Despite ending the season in a tie for the final spot in the conference tournament, the Eagles failed to make the playoffs due to the tiebreak system after earning the most conference wins for the program since 1999.
Bridgewater wraps up the season with a 6-10 overall record.