BRIDGEWATER, Va. – In a game that featured a combined 25 saves, the Bridgewater College women's lacrosse team fell 14-11 in their home opener to Frostburg State.
Seniors Kristen Stark and Anna O'Hara each had had tricks, with Shannon Rogers dishing out four assists. Sarah Yashinskie totaled two goals and a game-high six draw controls.
Bridgewater's last two games have never seen a lead of more than three goals for either side, and the Eagles have held the advantage in shots in each of their first three games, but fall to 0-3 after another close defeat.
This time, a major reason was FSU goalie Abigail McClure, who made 15 saves including double-digit stops in the second half. Olivia Carson had a strong game in the cage for the Eagles, finishing with 10 saves.
After FSU struck first, Carson prevented it from being 2-0 with a nice save on Stephanie King.
Stark got the Eagles on the board with a free position goal, but Morgan Cavey assisted Molly Biggers twice in a row as part of a three-goal unanswered run for the Bobcats.
Bridgewater got back to within a goal as Rogers found Dwyer Neal and then snuck in a shot herself to make it 5-4 FSU.
The Eagles were down 7-4 when Rogers assisted O'Hara. Stark scored in traffic on a spin move, and a man-up goal (again O'Hara from Rogers) tied the game up at 7-7.
The teams went into the break tied 8-8 after Yashinskie closed the half with a free position strike.
Stark scored from an assist by Emily Jencks early in the second half to give Bridgewater its lone lead of the contest, 9-8. It was her 100th career goal.
Carson made a point-blank save on King, but McClure stoned O'Hara as the Eagles broke the other direction. The Bobcats then had a player-advantage opportunity, only for Carson to make two more saves. Cavey's free position goal with under 11 minutes remaining made it 11-9 and ended a stretch of almost 16 minutes that featured just one goal but was back-and-forth the entire time with several good saves.
The Eagles got the deficit to one with seven minutes remaining, but Summer Cavey scored with 3:25 remaining and McClure made her 15th save, on Rogers, to prevent the Eagles from getting back to within a goal down the stretch.
Bridgewater will now head to Hilton Head for spring break, where the Eagles will face Hood and RPI on March 5-6.