BRIDGEWATER, Va. – For the first time since becoming head coach in 2003, Bridgewater College head field hockey coach Allyson Kenyon and the Eagles field hockey team will be hosting a conference tournament game on Saturday at Mapp Field when the Eagles take on Roanoke College.
Bridgewater enters the contest as the number three seed in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament, while the visiting Maroons earned the sixth seed by virtue of a head-to-head victory over Eastern Mennonite.
Earlier in the 2012 season at Mapp Field, three different players scored for the Eagles as they erased a 1-0 deficit to the visiting Maroons before earning a 3-1 win.
On the offensive end, freshman Taylor Prillaman continues to lead the way for the Eagles with 13 goals on the year. Prillaman's 13 tallies matches Christina Pybus' goal total from the 2009 season as the highest tally for a Bridgewater player this century. The Magnolia, Del. native's 13 goals placed her in a tie for second in the conference rankings for goals scored, while her 27 total points are good enough for fourth on the points chart.
Defensively, the Eagles have been stellar in league play, allowing just 17 goals in eight ODAC contests. In the friendly confines of Mapp Field, the Eagles have allowed just 10 goals on the season en route to a 3-2 record at home. Junior Jessica Balsano enters the weekend with 100 saves and a 9-7 overall record. Balsano ranks among the league's leaders in goals against average (2.05) and save percentage (.746).
Roanoke backed its way into the tournament, via the conference's head-to-head tiebreak procedure and currently rides a four-game losing streak. The Maroons' own a 4-12 overall record, but have a 3-5 mark in ODAC affairs.
The Maroons are paced by the efforts of Kelly Finn and Marceline Piek on the offensive end. Finn and Piek have each scored five goals on the year, while Piek has dished out a team-high four assists.
Bridgewater will be looking for its first win in the conference postseason tournament since 2008 when the Eagles take to the pitch on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Live stats will be available for the contest, with no video streaming availability.
For more information on the upcoming tournament, visit the ODAC's home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com. Game times will be added to the ODAC Field Hockey Tournament website (click here) as they become available.