BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Sophomore Jesse Colligan and fellow sophomore Caroline Fletcher each tallied four goals and dished out an assist but the Bridgewater Eagles women's lacrosse team couldn't overcome a 7-0 deficit as the Eagles fell by a 16-9 margin to the 11th-ranked Generals of Washington and Lee in the season finale.
Five different players scored for the Generals to open the game as Washington and Lee ran out to a 7-0 lead after 10 minutes of play. Bridgewater finally got on the scoreboard with 16 to play in the opening half of play when senior Katie Freeman got on the board to trim the deficit to 7-1.
Washington and Lee (14-2, 10-0 ODAC) added two goals from the stick of Lauren Procaccino to run out to a 9-1 lead.
Colligan registered the final goal of the first to cut the Washington and Lee lead to 9-2 at the break.
Out of the intermission, the Generals added two more goals with tallies from the sticks of Sammy Yates and Margaret Klein to extend the lead to 11-2, but Bridgewater wouldn't go down quietly.
Colligan found the back of the net twice in a two-minute stretch to carve the deficit to seven goals at an 11-4 score.
After the Colligan goals, the Eagles stayed on the attack prior to Fletcher tallying her first goals of the game with less than 20 minutes to play. Fletcher got on the board with 19:52 to play off of a free-position shot and added a goal off of a Colligan helper to cut the gap to five at an 11-6 tally, forcing a Washington and Lee timeout.
Out of the stoppage, the Generals put the game away with four unanswered goals. Four different players registered goals during the stretch to push the Washington and Lee advantage to nine at a 15-6 score with 7:16 remaining.
Colligan registered her fourth and final goal of the day off of a free-position shot to draw the game to a 15-7 score and the Generals added their final tally of the afternoon with 5:32 to play off of a Greta Witter goal to push the lead to 16-7. Colligan's four goals pushed her season total to 34.
Following the Witter goal, Fletcher tallied two more goals to run her season total to a team-high 38 and finalized the scoring at a 16-9 margin.
Colligan and Fletcher each tallied four goals to lead the Bridgewater offense. Fletcher also tallied four ground balls in the game.
Defensively, sophomore Caroline Augsburger tallied two caused turnovers as the Eagles forced seven Washington and Lee miscues on the day.
Freshman Rachel Gruber registered 15 saves on the afternoon to finish the year with 176 stops. Gruber's 176 saves ranks 11th on the single-season list for the Eagles.
Procaccino and Witter each posted four goals for the Generals attack while Washington and Lee owned a 36-14 advantage in the shots department.
Cara Mulligan recorded two saves on the day to pick up the win between the pipes for Washington and Lee.
Bridgewater finishes the 2014 season with a 6-11 overall record and a 3-7 mark in league play.