FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Sophomore Jenna Devilbiss tallied two second-half goals but the Bridgewater Eagles women's lacrosse team couldn't overcome a 6-0 opening-game run from Mary Washington as Bridgewater fell to the Eagles by an 18-4 tally on Friday afternoon.
Mary Washington, a team that was previously nationally ranked and is receiving votes in the most recent Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll, picked up its first goal from the stick of Emily Atkinson and four other players added goals for the hosts as the Eagles ran out to a 6-0 lead midway through the first half. Atkinson added a goal late in the run for her second goal of the contest.
Bridgewater (3-3) broke up the Mary Washington spurt when the Eagles took control of the draw and moved quickly to the offensive attack. Junior Paige Hennessy got the Eagles on the scoreboard with 14:28 to play in the opening frame to trim the Mary Washington lead to 6-1.
Following the Bridgewater goal, Mary Washington answered with another run, this time a five-goal outburst to take an 11-1 advantage. Jenna Petrucelli scored two of Mary Washington's five goals during the spurt.
The Eagles closed out the first half with a goal to cut the deficit back to single digits as the game went to the half. Sophomore Caroline Fletcher registered her only goal of the contest with 2:38 to go in the opening stanza to send the game to the intermission at an 11-2 tally.
Out of the halftime break, Mary Washington (4-1) pushed its lead to 13-2 off of goals from Emily Mott and Corinne Wiederkehr before Devilbiss registered her first goal of the game off of a free-position shot to trim the deficit back to 10 at a 13-3 margin with 19:47 to play in the game. Devilbiss' goal came off of a man-up opportunity.
Wiederkehr added another goal before Devilbiss scored again off of a free-position shot to make the score 14-4 with 13 and change remaining.
After the Devilbiss goal, Mary Washington closed the game out with four unanswered goals to take an 18-4 victory over the Eagles.
Devilbiss led the Eagles offense with two goals on five shots as Bridgewater was outshot on the day by a 34-14 margin.
Freshman Rachel Gruber picked up the loss between the pipes. Gruber made 10 saves on the afternoon.
Petrucelli led the Mary Washington attack with four goals on four shots, while Kelly Dean picked up the win after turning away four Bridgewater shots during the opening half of play.
Bridgewater is back in action on Saturday at Hollins in the 2014 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opener. Opening draw against Hollins is set for 1 p.m.