CLERMONT, Fla. – Despite overcoming an early three-goal deficit to tie the contest up late in the first half, the Bridgewater Eagles women's lacrosse team couldn't hold off an early second half run from the Fords in a 13-10 loss to Haverford College on Sunday afternoon at the National Training Center.
The Fords ran out to an early 3-0 lead before the Eagles got on the board with 18:38 to play in the opening frame. Following a Haverford foul, sophomore Jesse Colligan earned a free-position attempt and capitalized on the opportunity to trim the deficit to 3-1.
Haverford answered a minute later with a Jamie Rosenstein goal before Diana Perry added a goal with 16:44 to go in the first frame to put the Eagles in a 5-1 hole midway through the first.
Bridgewater earned the ensuing draw and quickly cut the margin to three goals when Paige Hennessy fired a shot into the back of the net to make the score 5-2 with just under 16 minutes remaining in the opening stanza.
Both teams had cracks at the goal over the next eight minutes but both goalies were up to the task each time before Colligan got back on the board with another free-position goal to trim the deficit to two, 5-3.
Haverford won the next draw before a turnover handed possession back to the Eagles. Following a successful clear, freshman Claire Palermo-Re got in on the scoring with an unassisted tally to pull the Eagles to within one at a 5-4 margin.
Bridgewater's feverish rally was capped off with 4:02 to go in the first when Colligan dished a pass to Brittany Lanahan and the junior did the rest as the Eagles drew the contest to a 5-5 tie.
Haverford converted a late-half miscue from the Eagles into a goal with 32 ticks to play when Megan Gallagher stroked a shot into the net to send the Fords to the locker room with a 6-5 lead.
In the first 30 minutes of play, Haverford owned a 14-9 advantage in shots, while it was Bridgewater controlling the draw at a 7-5 gap.
The Fords controlled the early part of the second half with a pair of goals in the first four minutes to push their lead to 8-5. Gallagher later scored her second goal of the game with 24:39 remaining in the contest to build a 9-5 Haverford advantage.
Jenna Devilbiss shut off the Haverford run with a goal off of a free-position attempt before Colligan tallied her third goal of the day with 15:13 to go to cut the deficit to a manageable 9-7 score.
Gallagher scored her third tally of the afternoon with 11:53 to play but two minutes later Bridgewater answered right back with a Caroline Fletcher goal to trim the gap back to two goals, 10-8.
The see-saw battle continued when Perry scored for the Fords with 6:56 to play but the Eagles again responded off of a free-position look when freshman Meredith Wimbrow scored with five and change to play to cut the margin to an 11-9 Haverford advantage.
Haverford put the game away with back-to-back goals to take a 13-9 lead but the Eagles wouldn't' go down quietly.
With 1:53 to play, Hennessy added her second goal of the game to cut the gap to 13-10. Bridgewater controlled the ensuing draw and fired a shot at the cage in the final minute but it would be too little, too late as the Eagles fell by a 13-10 margin to open its Spring Break trip.
Colligan's three-goal game led the way for the Eagles as Bridgewater outshot the Fords by a 12-10 margin in the second half. For the game, Haverford owned a slight 24-21 edge in the shots department.
Defensively, Caroline Augsburger led the Eagles with two caused turnovers and six ground balls.
Freshman Rachel Gruber was tagged with the loss after allowing 13 goals and recording nine saves.
Three Haverford players tallied three goals to lead the offense for the Fords, while Shannon Horn picked up the win between the pipes. Horn split time with Megan Chenworth, with Chenworth playing the first half before being relieved at the intermission. Horn recorded four saves in the second half to secure the win.
Bridgewater is back in action on Tuesday when it continues its Spring Break swing in Florida. The Eagles will meet up with Westfield State on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the National Training Center.