BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Despite outscoring the visitors by a goal over the first 14 minutes of the second half, the Bridgewater Eagles women's lacrosse team couldn't overcome a six-goal, three-assist effort from Roanoke midfielder Darragh Evarts as the Maroons were victorious by a 21-10 tally in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) action on Saturday afternoon.
Evarts got the Maroons on the board with two goals in the first two and change of the contest to put the Eagles in an early hole.
Following a Bridgewater (4-5, 1-1 ODAC) yellow card on Paige Hennessy, the Maroons capitalized when Claire Feeney scored a man-up goal with 24:48 to go in the first to run the Roanoke lead to 3-0.
Just over a minute later, Bridgewater responded to the Feeney tally. Sophomore Caroline Fletcher broke free in front of the net and ripped a shot into the cage to get the Eagles on the board and trim the Roanoke lead to two, 3-1.
Roanoke (4-4, 2-0 ODAC) tallied three quick goals to run out to a 6-1 advantage as Allison Bonanno got on the board with the first of her five goals on the day off of a free position shot to get the run started. Evarts followed with two more goals, including one on a free-position to extend the Roanoke advantage to five.
With 17:42 to go in the opening half, Fletcher got back on the board with her second tally of the day to cut the margin to 6-2.
The Maroons again answered with three-straight goals to build a 9-3 advantage. Bananno dished a pass off to Morgan Conroy and the midfielder found the back of the net prior to Bonanno getting back on the board to push the Roanoke lead to 8-3. Roanoke again capitalized on a Bridgewater penalty when Julia Galanto scored a man-up goal with 11:32 to play in the first to put the Maroons up, 9-3.
Bridgewater senior Katie Freeman and freshman Meredith Wimbrow scored over the final 10 minutes of the first half, but Roanoke did the scoring in between, tallying three goals, to take a 12-4 lead into the locker room.
Roanoke was active on the offensive end in the first half by outshooting Bridgewater by a 23-8 margin.
Following a first half that was controlled by the Maroons, it was Bridgewater taking over the first six-plus minutes of half number two. Sophomore Jenna Devilbiss rattled a shot into the back of the cage to open the scoring in the second half, bridging the gap to 12-5.
Sophomore Jesse Colligan followed at the 23:43 mark with a goal off of a free position to trim the margin to a manageable six goals.
Roanoke ended the mini-spurt with a Briana Storey goal, but Bridgewater registered two tallies in 21 seconds off of shots from the stick of Fletcher to bring the score to a 13-8 Maroons lead with 21:15 to play in regulation.
The Maroons again responded with three goals as Bonanno bookended the spurt with two tallies to put Roanoke out in front, 16-8.
Junior Brittany Lanahan scored an unassisted goal with 16:22 remaining to bring the Eagles to within seven, 16-9, but that was as close as Bridgewater would get.
Roanoke netted five unanswered goals to run out to a 21-9 lead with 3:04 to play. Feeney opened the run with back-to-back goals before scores from Courtney McCartin, Broghan McEnerney and Galanto put the Maroons up by a dozen.
Devilbiss put her 12th goal of the season into the cage with 29 ticks to play to finalize the scoring and send Roanoke home with a 21-10 victory.
Fletcher matched her career high with four goals on the day, while Devilbiss added two goals in the loss. Fletcher, a sophomore, was joined by Peggy Russell with six ground balls on the afternoon to lead all players.
Freshman Rachel Gruber picked up the loss after allowing 21 goals on 42 Roanoke shots.
Bridgewater struggled on the clear, converting just 9-of-18 attempts. The Eagles were also plagued with possession woes, committing 21 turnovers on the day.
Evarts registered six goals and dished out three assists to lead the Maroons. Bonanno added five goals and a trio of assists, while Feeney tallied four times and handed out one helper to pace the Roanoke offense.
Lauren Curtin secured the win after turning away seven Bridgewater shots over the first 48 minutes of play. Allison Shannon finished the game for the Maroons and made a pair of saves.
Bridgewater returns to action on Tuesday at Virginia Wesleyan. Start time is set for 4:30 p.m.