BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Bridgewater College shut out Washington and Lee, 3-0, Saturday afternoon to clinch the No. 4 seed for the upcoming ODAC tournament. The Eagles finished tied for third in the regular season standings with Roanoke, but the Maroons held the tiebreaker due to their victory over the Eagles earlier this season.
The victory was a milestone win for the Eagles as it marked the first time in program history that they defeated a ranked team. W&L entered the contest ranked No. 25 in the nation and No. 5 in the region.
The Eagles will host Washington and Lee next Saturday. The game time will be announced later this week.
W&L kept the pressure on the Eagles early in the game. In fact, the first shot of the game barely 30 seconds in, hit the post.
The Eagles then got a big break in the 15th minute when Mari Marotta ((Clifton, Va./Centreville) was tripped inside the box by a Generals defender. The Eagles were awarded a penalty kick and Abby Dehoff (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) pounded the ball past the W&L keeper to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
The Generals held an 11-4 edge in shots in the first half, but BC keeper Cari Hensley (Danville, Va./George Washington) was stellar in goal with seven saves.
The roles were reversed in the second half as the Eagles controlled play and were able to finish a couple of shots to put the game away.
Bridgewater added to its lead in the 54th minute when Sarah Conner (Eldersburg, Md./Century) took a shot from 20 yards out and put the ball into the upper right corner, just out of the keeper's reach to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
The Eagles scored their final goal when Melanie Waters (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake Senior) scored off an assist from Meghan Groos (Linden, Va./Warren County) for a 3-0 lead. The assist by Groos was No. 22 for her career, making her the all-time assist leader at Bridgewater.
"I'm proud of the way the team responded in the second half as they played very well," Bridgewater head coach Mike Van Horn said. "This has to be the biggest win in program history to date, since this is the first time we defeated a ranked opponent."
With the victory, the Eagles are now 13-4 overall and 8-3 in the ODAC. The 13 wins ties the program record for most overall victories in a season and the eighth conference win also ties a program record.