FERRUM, Va. – Freshman Meredith Wimbrow made her presence felt in her second career game with a four-goal afternoon as she helped lead the Bridgewater Eagles women's lacrosse team to a 13-5 non-conference victory over the Ferrum Panthers.
Bridgewater (1-1) got on the board right away, capitalizing on a Ferrum turnover to take an early lead. Junior Paige Hennessy registered an unassisted goal to put Bridgewater out in front, 1-0.
The Panthers responded with a goal of their own at the 27:12 mark when Lauren Blankenship found the back of the net to tie the contest up at a goal each.
Following the Ferrum goal, the Eagles controlled the next five minutes of play, tallying five unanswered goals to jump out to a 6-1 lead. Senior Katie Freeman fired a shot into the back of the net and Jesse Colligan followed with a goal after the Eagles controlled the ensuing draw to build a 3-1 Bridgewater lead.
Junior Brittany Lanahan scored at the 24:31 mark when she took a Freeman pass and fired a shot into the back of the net to extend the lead to 4-1. Wimbrow then tallied back-to-back goals to build a 6-1 Bridgewater advantage. The first goal for Wimbrow came off of a free position attempt, while her second came off of a pass from Colligan.
Ferrum (1-2) cut off the Bridgewater run by controlling the ensuing draw before cutting the deficit to four goals off of a Caila Cummings tally at the 22:32 mark.
After the Ferrum score, the remainder of the half went the way of the Eagles as Bridgewater tallied four goals to end the frame, taking a 10-2 lead into the locker room. Freeman put her second shot of the afternoon into the back of the net to extend the lead to 7-2 before Hennessy answered with her second goal of the game off of the next draw to put Bridgewater out in front by six goals with under 19 minutes to play in the opening frame.
Colligan continued the Bridgewater barrage with a goal with under five minutes left in the first before Wimbrow rounded out the first-half scoring with a tally with just 60 ticks to play in the opening stanza to put the Eagles out in front by eight goals after a half of play.
Bridgewater dominated the opening frame, outshooting the host Panthers by a 19-7 tally despite the Panthers owning an 8-5 advantage on the draw.
Out of the halftime break, Bridgewater continued to control play. With 23 minutes left to play, sophomore Caroline Fletcher tallied her first goal of the game to put the Eagles out in front by an 11-2 tally. After a Ferrum yellow card at the 21:35 mark, the Eagles made Ferrum pay in a hurry with a man-up goal. Sophomore Jenna Devilbiss found the back of the net off of a free position shot to put Bridgewater up by double-figures at a 12-2 margin.
Ferrum responded with three unanswered goals in the middle portion of the second half but Wimbrow added her fourth and final goal of the day with under 10 minutes to play to finalize the scoring and handing Bridgewater a 13-5 victory. The win marks the first for first-year head coach Danielle Hawkins and evens Bridgewater's record at 1-1 on the year. The victory also snaps a three-game skid against the Panthers.
Wimbrow led the Bridgewater attack with four goals on five shots in the win as the Eagles outshot Ferrum by a 28-15 margin on the day. Colligan, Freeman and Hennessy each added two-goal outings to help lead the Eagles offense.
Freshman goaltender Rachel Gruber picked up her first career win after turning away eight Ferrum scoring opportunities on the afternoon.
Ferrum was led by two-goal afternoons from Blankenship and Courtney Hamm.
Defensively, the Panthers were led by the efforts of Blankenship who tallied a pair of caused turnovers.
Goaltender Amanda Cheney tallied five saves in the loss.
Bridgewater returns to action on Saturday at Frostburg State. Opening draw against the Bobcats is set for 4 p.m.