Women’s Lacrosse Runs Past WildCats, 16-6
BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Seven different players got in on the scoring and the Bridgewater Eagles women's lacrosse team scored the first eight goals of the contest to snap a six-game skid with a 16-6 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory on Wednesday evening over Randolph.
The Eagles spent little time in getting on the scoreboard to open the game. After winning the opening draw, freshman Claire Palermo-Re opened the scoring just 40 ticks into regulation to build a 1-0 Bridgewater lead.
Just over a minute later, junior Paige Hennessy forced a Randolph turnover and the Eagles converted on the offensive end. Senior Katie Freeman took a pass from Palermo-Re and beat the keeper to put the Eagles up by a 2-0 tally.
Bridgewater controlled the ensuing draw and scored within 14 seconds of the Freeman tally when Caroline Fletcher connected with Hennessy and the senior found the back of the net to extend the lead to 3-0. Jesse Colligan scored with 27:17 to play in the first off of a free-position shot to put the Eagles out in front, 4-0, forcing a Randolph timeout.
Hennessy got back on the scoreboard with 25:51 to play in the opening frame off of a Fletcher assist prior to Wimbrow adding a goal off of a Palermo-Re helper to push Bridgewater out to a 6-0 lead.
Fletcher and Hennessy added goals over the next five minutes as Bridgewater owned an 8-0 advantage after 10 minutes had expired off of the clock.
The ODAC's third-best scorer, Taylor Klevenz, got the WildCats on the board with 18 minutes to play in the first when she rattled a free-position shot into the net to cut the margin to 8-1. Randolph added a goal just 41 seconds later on an Ashley Edwards shot to trim the gap to 8-2.
Bridgewater answered the Randolph spurt with a big run of its own. Colligan netted a free-position goal with 17:03 to play in the opening stanza to kick start a five-goal run for the Eagles. Palermo-Re, Freeman, Peggy Russell and Fletcher each tallied goals during the stretch to extend the Bridgewater advantage to 13-2. Russell's goal was the sixth of her career and her second of the season.
Klevenz finalized the first-half scoring with a free-position goal with 7:01 to go in the first but it was Bridgewater with a commanding 13-3 lead at the intermission.
Bridgewater (5-9, 2-5 ODAC) controlled the first 30 minutes of play, owning a 23-6 advantage in shots. The Eagles also dominated the draw, winning 14 of the 17 draws contested.
After a slow start in the first half, it was Randolph (5-9, 2-5 ODAC) getting on the board in a hurry in the second frame. Edwards and Klevenz scored over the first five minutes of the second to cut the Bridgewater lead to 13-5, forcing an Eagles timeout.
Wimbrow broke up the mini-run for the WildCats with her second goal of the game at the 10:38 mark of the second half and Freeman added a goal with 11:51 to play to put the Eagles back up by 10 at a 15-5 margin.
Fletcher rounded out the scoring for the Eagles with six and change to play with an unassisted goal to build the lead to 11 at a 16-5 tally.
Randolph's Chelsea Marciniak rounded out the scoring in the game with 4:25 to play on an unassisted goal as the Eagles dominated the WildCats in a 16-6 win.
Freeman, Hennessy and Fletcher each tallied three goals to lead the Bridgewater offense. The Eagles owned a 37-12 advantage in the shots department in the win.
In the second half, Bridgewater controlled the draw, owning seven draw controls while holding the WildCats to zero en route to winning 21 of the 24 draws contested during the match.
Rachel Gruber secured her fifth win of the season after making five saves along the way.
Klevenz score three goals to lead the Randolph offense and Samantha Fagone picked up the loss after making 11 saves on the day.
Bridgewater returns to action on Saturday at Lynchburg. Start time against the Hornets is set for 3 p.m.