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Eagles Eliminated in ODAC Semifinals

Eagles Eliminated in ODAC Semifinals

The Bridgewater College field hockey team had a halftime lead but W&L rallied, as the Eagles fell 2-1 in the ODAC semifinals.

The game was a rematch of last year's conference championship, which was won 1-0 by Bridgewater.

The Eagles again had a 1-0 lead, as Tessa Tierson finished off Emily Matisons pass in a crowd in front of the cage, just two minutes before halftime.

Washington & Lee's Maggie Waxter scored twice in the second half to overturn the advantage. Both goals were assisted by Haley Tucker.

Waxter put Tucker's pass in off a corner early in the second half to level things up at 1-1. The Generals earned another corner with under 11 minutes left and Waxter again finished from Tucker's assist.

Bridgewater had a penalty corner with three minutes remaining but couldn't get a shot off. The Generals broke the other way and a Waxter attempt was blocked.

BC also had a good chance off a corner with the game tied 1-1, but Matisons' shot was saved by Generals goalie Ariyel Yavalar (four saves).

Freshman Ali Bishop, who was leading or tied for the conference lead in both save percentage and goals against average coming into the game, finished with five saves.

The Eagles had a chance to be the higher seed in tomorrow's championship game after Shenandoah upset host and top-seeded Lynchburg 2-1 in overtime. It was the second straight season that Lynchburg was defeated 2-1 in an overtime semifinal, after Bridgewater knocked off the defending champion Hornets in 2015.

Bridgewater concludes its 2016 campaign with a record of 11-7.