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Eagles Fall at Shenandoah

Eagles Fall at Shenandoah

WINCHESTER, Va. – The Eagles couldn't get going in the first half as the Bridgewater College field hockey team dropped a 3-1 ODAC decision at Shenandoah on Wednesday afternoon.

Bridgewater cut a 2-0 halftime deficit in half on the first chance of the second half. Tessa Tierson inserted a penalty corner to Casey Gaffney, who fed fellow junior Elizabeth Washington for the goal.

The Hornets restored the two-goal gap on their first penalty corner of the second half however, with Morgan Payne finishing off a pass from Megan Stevens.

Shenandoah had held an 8-2 advantage in shots, with Bridgewater not earning a corner in the opening 35 minutes.

Despite two first half saves from Ali Bishop, the Hornets' Melissa DeiTos scored twice in the period for the hosts.

Bridgewater had chances late in the game to cut the deficit back to one, but SU goalie Jessica Brown came up with four stops in the final four minutes of action.

Brown denied Tierson leading to an Eagles corner, and then made consecutive stops on Shannon Strosser and Madison Clement. She added a save on Emily Matisons with 11 minutes remaining.

Freshman Alexis Thomasson played the final 38+ minutes in the cage for the Eagles and recorded one save.

Bridgewater falls to 10-6, 5-2 ODAC but can still earn a first round bye if they beat Washington & Lee in their season finale on Saturday. That will be Senior Day for five Eagles- Strosser, Clement, Katie Ellis, Marisa Sims and MacKenzie Zabicki.

The Eagles would avoid a three-way tie with Shenandoah if they do beat W&L after the Hornets were beaten 4-3 in overtime by Roanoke over the weekend. Shenandoah is 9-8, 4-3 on the year.