LEXINGTON, Va. – The Bridgewater College field hockey team will face Washington & Lee in the ODAC playoffs for the third time in four seasons.
Bridgewater finished in sixth place with a record of 8-8, 4-4 and will travel to third-seeded Washington & Lee on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.
Current seniors Tessa Tierson and Laura Gretz were freshmen in 2015 when the Eagles went to Washington & Lee and beat the Generals 1-0 on their own field to win the ODAC championship. Bridgewater earned a bye to the semifinals the next year as the 2-seed but was defeated 2-1 by W&L despite an opening goal by Tierson.
This year, Bridgewater has been matched up with the one team above them in the standings that they defeated during the regular season. Tierson scored an unassisted goal with under eight minutes remaining and Ali Bishop made five saves as BC beat W&L 1-0 at Jopson Field on October 6.
Tierson leads the Eagles in scoring this season with five goals and four assists, including four game-winners. Sophomore Courtney Cooke has a team-best six goals. Junior defender Georgia Howard and freshman attacker Caroline Quigley each have seven points on the year.
Bishop, a junior, ranks third in the ODAC in both GAA (1.53) and save percentage (.813).
Washington & Lee is 7-9, 5-3 ODAC after being nationally-ranked early in September. The Generals' 37 goals allowed ranks seventh in the conference.
The Generals were able to score frequently in 2018 despite being shut out by the Eagles, racking up five or more goals in four of their five conference wins- including an impressive 5-2 victory over second place Shenandoah.
W&L features two returning All-State forwards who rank in the top-10 in the ODAC in scoring this fall. Lauren Paolano (14 goals) ranks fifth, and 2017 All-American Haley Tucker (nine goals, four assists) is 10th.
Lynchburg and second-seeded Shenandoah earned byes into the conference semifinals. Tuesday's two winners will join both Hornet squads in Lynchburg for the semifinals and championship on Friday and Saturday, November 2-3.
ODAC FIELD HOCKEY TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS
Quarterfinals | Tuesday, October 30
Game 1: #5 Randolph-Macon at #4 Roanoke | 4:00 PM
Game 2: #6 Bridgewater at #3 Washington and Lee | 7:00 PM
Semifinals | Friday, November 2 | at Lynchburg
Game 3: Winner Game 1 at #1 Lynchburg | 4:00/7:00 PM
Game 4: Winner Game 2 vs. #2 Shenandoah | 4:00/7:00 PM
Championship | Saturday, November 3 | at Lynchburg
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 | 5:00 PM