BRIDGEWATER, Va. – In a game that was tied at 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, the Bridgewater College women's lacrosse team lost a 10-9 heartbreaker in overtime to Virginia Wesleyan.
A tight low-scoring battle saw excellent play by both defenses and 13 saves each for Bridgewater's Mikaela Brooks and Va. Wesleyan's Jordan Moilanen. The BC defense forced three shot clock violations in the second half alone, but the Eagles were also undone by 10 failed clears and four Marlins eight-meter goals. Those was the lone statistical differences in a game where the shots, draw controls, turnovers and ground balls were also nearly even across the board.
The Marlins were fortunate to reach overtime after playing essentially the final four minutes of regulation shorthanded with yellow cards at 3:56 and 1:55 of the second half. Virginia Wesleyan held on, and won the game on Alyssa Bernal's free-position goal on the lone possession of overtime.
The Marlins had scored the game's opening two goals after their goalie Moilanen cleaned up loose balls to start the counterattack.
Shannon Rogers nearly forced a turnover and went in on a breakway on VWU's clear, but Moilanen came out of the crease to get to the ball first. Bernal scored on an eight-meter after being fouled. After the Eagles won the draw, a pass into the middle was knocked free- Moilanen got the ground ball and Liza Holford struck in transition.
Sarah Yashinskie snuck a shot through the legs of Moilanen to get the Eagles on the board. Trailing 3-2, Brooks made a big save on a Mikayla Callahan free position shot; Rogers scored off her own rebound at the other end to tie it up at 3-all.
The game was then tied at 4-4 and at 5-5 heading into halftime. The Eagles grabbed their first lead on a two-player advantage- already on a yellow card, Marlins players kept shifting on an eight-meter and drew an additional green card, with Dwyer Neal later scoring the man-up goal to make it 5-4 BC.
The Eagles twice took a one-goal lead early in the second half, with the Marlins tying it back up at six and seven. Jacqueline DiFulvio opened the second period scoring by catching VWU napping on a restart and feeding Anna O'Hara, but the Marlins tied it when Manahan's errant pass bounced through a crowd and past a screened Brooks into the cage.
Freshman Emily Jencks's second collegiate goal was a massive one, as it tied the game at 9-9 with five minutes remaining and eventually sent the contest to overtime.
Bridgewater falls to 2-8, 1-1 ODAC and will travel to Randolph on Saturday. Virginia Wesleyan improves to 5-4, 1-1.