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Women's Lax Travels to Shenandoah for Closely-Matched ODAC Quarterfinal

sarah yashinskie drives against two shenandoah defenders

WINCHESTER, Va. – The Bridgewater women's lacrosse team travels to Shenandoah on Wednesday for an ODAC quarterfinal between two teams that have split their previous four meetings.

The Eagles (11-5, 4-4 ODAC) have set a number of milestones this year, winning 11 games for the first time since 1998, having three members of the same class reach 100 points for the first time ever, and compiling a shutout streak of over 160 minutes.

Bridgewater has been without a goalkeeper on the active roster for the past three games, after an injury to freshman Mikaela Brooks (8-4, 9.36 GAA, 133 saves). Freshman attack Olivia Carson has stepped into the cage, totaling 19 saves and a 2-1 record with wins over Methodist and Randolph.

The situation is similar to two years ago, when Bridgewater went up to Shenandoah on the final week of the regular season with their first ODAC playoff spot since 2004 on the line, without a healthy goalie on the roster. Defender Brittany Brown stepped up on that occasion, making seven saves in an 8-6 victory.

The Eagles have established themselves as a consistent playoff team since then, making the ODAC postseason for a third straight year. The next goal for the program is to win a postseason game for the first time since 1998- when the Eagles defeated Lynchburg 16-4 in another 4-versus-5 matchup.

Bridgewater junior Kristen Stark is the ODAC's leading scorer, with 70 points on 46 goals and 24 assists. Anna O'Hara (50 goals, 10 assists) is third and Dwyer Neal (44 goals, 7 assists) is ninth, making BC the only team with three of the ODAC's top-10 scorers.

Defensively, Kayla O'Sullivan ranks in the top three in the conference in caused turnovers (37), draw controls (80) and ground balls (46).

Junior midfielder Sarah Yashinskie is the team's fourth leading scorer while ranking among the squad's leaders in draw controls (58) and ground balls (35).

Shenandoah (11-6, 5-3 ODAC) beat Bridgewater in Winchester 18-12 in the regular season, the second game the Eagles were playing without Brooks. SU's Cassie Arndt had seven goals and two assists in the win and ranks second on the team in scoring for the season behind rookie Alyson Bittinger.

The Hornets have moved up two spots in the ODAC standings this year with a senior class that has seen every single member earn All-ODAC honors. Defenders Peyton Krevonick and Jen Northam, midfielder Jacque Hemler and attack Annie McCorry made the team last year, while attack Abby Zorilla was All-ODAC as a sophomore in 2016.

Wednesday's winner will travel to #9 Washington & Lee on Saturday for the conference semifinals.