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Women's Lacrosse Earns 10th Win at Sentara Park

sarah yashinskie transitions up the field

HARRISONBURG, Va. – The Bridgewater College women's lacrosse reached double digit wins for the season, beating Methodist 18-11 on Saturday night at JMU's Sentara Park.

With Bridgewater hosting the ODAC track & field championships all weekend at the Jopson Athletic Complex, the game was moved under the lights to James Madison University.

Anna O'Hara had six goals for BC, with Dwyer Neal scoring four times and Kristen Stark totaling five points (three goals, two assists).

Junior Sarah Yashinskie had three goals and an assist, reaching 100 career points and giving the Eagles three 100-point scorers in the same class for the first time ever (O'Hara and Stark have already reached the milestone this year).

Grace Stang led the defense with five caused turnovers, while O'Hara and Jacqueline DiFulvio each caused three giveaways. With BC's regular goalie out injured, Olivia Carson had to step into the cage for the first time in her collegiate career and recorded seven saves.

Abby Houtz opened the scoring off Shannon Rogers' assist as Bridgewater jumped out to a 2-0 lead.

The Monarchs went in front after scoring twice right off the draw. Sarah Ewin put one off the post and in to get MU on the board, then won the draw and assisted Madison Ronelli 12 seconds later to tie the game at 2-all.

Neal tied the game at 3-3, but Methodist answered just 11 seconds later as Monti Hendrix went right down to score off the draw control.

Stark picked off a goalkeeper pass on the clear and finished off the breakaway to tie the game at 4-4. Yashinskie gave the Eagles the lead in transition, and another forced turnover on the clear led to Neal's breakaway goal with 7:02 left in the first and an 8-5 Eagle advantage.

Yashinskie's 100th point came when she completed her hat trick with 19:33 remaining to give BC a 13-7 lead. That kick-started a six-goal run that pushed the gap to 18-7 at one point.

Hendrix finished with five goals, one assist and seven draw controls for the visitors. Molly O'Hara came in as a substitute goalie and recorded 13 saves while allowing just eight goals.

Bridgewater improves to 10-4 and will travel to Shenandoah on Tuesday. In all likelihood, a win would give the Eagles a top-four seed and their first home playoff game since 1998. Methodist concludes their season with a record of 9-9.