ROANOKE, Va. – Senior Katie Freeman registered a career-high nine points on seven goals and two assists as the Bridgewater Eagles women's lacrosse team scored the game's first 14 goals en route to a 22-1 runaway victory in Saturday afternoon's conference opener at Hollins.
The win marks the third time in the last four seasons that Bridgewater has jumped out to a 1-0 record in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play. Bridgewater's 22 goals marks the highest single-game total for the program since a 23 goal output in a 23-4 win against Hollins in 2004. The Eagles' 21-goal margin of victory is the largest for the program since a 24-1 win over Shenandoah in 2002.
Bridgewater rattled three shots at the Hollins cage before freshman Claire Palermo-Re scored to put the Eagles on the board with 26:13 to go in the first half. Sophomore Jesse Colligan responded with three goals in less than three minutes as the Eagles built a 4-0 lead with 23:46 to play in the opening half.
Sophomore Caroline Fletcher registered her lone goal of the contest with 20:25 to play in the first, extending the Bridgewater advantage to 5-0.
Freeman added her first goal of the game just 44 ticks later off of a Jenna Devilbiss pass before Devilbiss got in on the scoring with 18:57 to play in the first to put Bridgewater out in front, 7-0.
Freshman Meredith Wimbrow registered her seventh goal of the year just 31 seconds later before Freeman added back-to-back tallies, building a 10-0 Bridgewater lead with 16:51 to play in the opening stanza.
Senior Peggy Russell scored her second goal of the 2014 season off of a pass from Devilbiss prior to Wimbrow tallying her second goal of the game which ran the Bridgewater lead to a dozen.
Bridgewater got a pair of goals from the stick of Paige Hennessy to build a 14-0 lead before the Hollins attack gave the hosts their first goal of the game with less than a minute to play in the first. Hollins fired a pair of shots at the Bridgewater cage before Brandi Chesne found the back of the net to cut the Eagles' lead to 14-1.
Freeman answered with a goal off of a pass from Colligan as Bridgewater went to the locker room with a 15-1 lead.
The Eagles outshot Hollins by a 26-4 margin in the first half and won 15 of the 16 contested draws over the first 30 minutes of play.
Freeman put the Eagles back on the board with two goals to start the second half while Devilbiss and Colligan got back in on the scoring to hand Bridgewater a 19-1 lead with 10 minutes remaining. Junior Brittany Lanahan registered her fifth goal of the season with just under nine minutes to play before Freeman tallied her seventh goal of the game off of a pass from Palermo-Re to build a 21-1 lead.
Sophomore Lakin Engman scored her first goal of the season with 2:08 to play to round out the scoring and send Bridgewater home with a 22-1 win in the ODAC opener.
Freeman's seven goals in a game is tied for the most in the ODAC this season, while her nine points is tied for the second-best performance from a league player this year. The senior's seven goals also mark a new career-high. Colligan added three assists for the Eagles as 10 different players scored for Bridgewater in the win. The Eagles outshot Hollins by a 40-to-8 margin on the day.
Freshman Rachel Gruber was stellar between the pipes, making four saves on the afternoon.
Hollins was led by Chesne's goal, while Maddie Horton was tagged with the loss after making nine saves.
Bridgewater is back in action on Wednesday when it opens the home slate with a showdown against Christopher Newport. Opening draw against the Captains is set for 3 p.m.