LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Bridgewater Eagles women's lacrosse team made a feverish second-half run outscoring the host Hornets by a 5-2 tally, but the run came up just short as Bridgewater fell by a 10-8 score to the Lynchburg Hornets on Saturday afternoon at Shellenberger Field.
Lynchburg got on the board first with a Caroline Carozza goal before Bri Slate added a tally for the Hornets to build a 2-0 lead after just four minutes of play.
The Eagles pounded the Hornets cage with shots before sophomore Jesse Colligan broke through with an unassisted goal to cut the deficit in half at a 2-1 tally.
Bridgewater followed by making the Hornets pay for a yellow card on Katherine Francis. After a failed clear and a turnover on Lynchburg, freshman Claire Palermo-Re fired a man-up goal into the back of the net to knot the contest up at a 2-2 score with 19:47 to go in the first.
Lynchburg answered the mini-run from the Eagles in a big way as the Hornets registered five unanswered goals over the middle part of the first half to roll out to a 7-2 advantage.
Senior Katie Freeman put a stop to the Lynchburg run with an unassisted goal with 9:28 to play in the first but it was the Hornets having the final say in the frame when Francis scored an unassisted tally to send the Hornets to the break with an 8-3 lead.
Despite the five-goal deficit at the break, the Eagles drew the Hornets to a deadlock in shots as both teams fired off 17 in the opening frame. Bridgewater also forced six Lynchburg miscues over the first 30 minutes of play.
Lynchburg (7-7, 6-3 ODAC) used a Carozza goal to get back on the board early in the first before momentum shifted in Bridgewater's favor.
Senior Peggy Russell got in on the scoring with 24:41 to go, trimming the gap to 9-4. Sophomore Jenna Devilbiss kept the offense rolling for the Eagles after a 10-minute lull in the action as the Devilbiss score cut the margin to a 9-5 Lynchburg lead.
Carozza broke up the spurt with her third goal of the day but the Eagles wouldn't go down without a fight.
Colligan fired a shot into the back of the net for her 27th goal of the season to cut the deficit to a manageable four goals with seven and change to play. Four minutes later, Palermo-Re added her second goal of the day to bring the Eagles to within three goals as Bridgewater (5-10, 2-6 ODAC) began an all-out assault on the Lynchburg cage.
Following the Palermo-Re goal, head coach Danielle Hawkins used a timeout to set the Eagles up over the final three minutes of play. Out of the stoppage, the Eagles earned the ensuing draw and Freeman recorded her 28th goal of the season with 2:12 to play to trim the deficit to 10-8.
Lynchburg took the following draw and ran a minute off of the clock before the two teams traded turnovers and the Eagles eventually ran out of time in a tough 10-8 loss to the Hornets.
Palermo-Re, Colligan and Freeman each tallied two-goal games for the Eagles in the loss as Bridgewater outshot Lynchburg by a 34-24 margin on the day, including a 17-7 edge in the second half.
Defensively, junior Paige Hennessy registered three caused turnovers as Bridgewater forced 19 Lynchburg miscues on the day.
Rachel Gruber was tagged with the loss after turning back nine Hornets scoring attempts on the day.
Lynchburg was led by three-goal games from Carozza and Francis. Hailey Bossert picked up the victory and posted 14 saves along the way.
Bridgewater returns to action on Thursday at Sweet Briar. Start time against the Vixens is set for 5 p.m.