Field Hockey Falls to Randolph-Macon in Overtime, 2-1
ASHLAND, Va. – Randolph-Macon defender Carrie Jacobs tallied two goals to erase an early 1-0 Bridgewater advantage as the season came to an end for the Bridgewater Eagles field hockey team after a 2-1 loss to the Yellow Jackets in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) semifinal round.
Bridgewater applied the early pressure to the host Yellow Jackets with a pair of shots in the opening minutes before a crossing pass from sophomore Caroline Augsburger found the stick of forward Taylor Prillaman and the freshman put the ball in the back of the net to give the Eagles a 1-0 advantage.
Prillaman's goal was her 15th of the season and added to her team-high for the Eagles and the program's highest single-season output of the 21st century. For Augsburger, the assist was her ninth of the season, which marks the highest assists total for a Bridgewater player since Sarah Anne Evans' nine-assist effort during the 2003 season.
Randolph-Macon wasted little time in netting the equalizer. Jacobs stuck her first shot of the game in the back of the cage at the 17:52 mark to tie the score up at a 1-1 tally, which is how it would remain at the intermission.
The Yellow Jackets held a slim 8-to-7 advantage in shots in the opening frame and both teams spent significant time in their offensive third. Both teams were even in penalty corners with two each.
Bridgewater looked to strike first out of the intermission as the Eagles drew a corner two minutes into the second stanza. The Eagles blasted four shots at Randolph-Macon netminder Nicole Woodworth, but Woodworth turned away each attempt to keep the game at a 1-1 deadlock.
Randolph-Macon broke the Bridgewater flurry with a shot of its own, before the Eagles went back on the offensive. Bridgewater peppered Woodworth once more with a two-shot barrage but Woodworth turned away another set of Eagles' shots as the game remained at a 1-1 standstill with under 14 to play in regulation.
Both teams had opportunities over the final 10-plus minutes, but neither team tallied the go-ahead goal as the contest headed to an overtime session.
Randolph-Macon looked to strike first in the extra stanza, but its shot went wide in opening seconds of the first overtime.
Bridgewater had a pair of opportunities in the overtime set, but Woodworth was up to the task yet again, before Jacobs found the back of the net off of her own rebound at the 6:11 mark of the overtime session to hand the Eagles a 2-1 loss.
The Eagles outshot Randolph-Macon by a 25-to-18 tally on the afternoon and were led by a trio players who racked up four shots each. Prillaman tallied the lone goal for Bridgewater and posted a three-shot effort.
Jacobs and Olivia Newman paced the Randolph-Macon offense with six shots each, with Jacobs netting both goals for the Yellow Jackets offense.
Junior Jessica Balsano posted three saves in the loss, while Woodworth was stellar in the cage, turning away 14 Bridgewater shots to earn the win.
Bridgewater ends the season with an 11-8 overall record. Bridgewater's 11 wins is the highest wins total for the program since the Eagles tallied 11 wins in 1998.