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Field Hockey Beats FSU 4-1 on Senior Day

laura gretz attacks against frostburg

The same two combinations linked up consecutively for the Bridgewater College field hockey team, as the Eagles beat Frostburg State 4-1 on Senior Day.

Laura Gretz scored the first two goals on penalty corners off assists from senior Elizabeth Washington, and the final two BC tallies came from Tessa Tierson off helpers by Emily Matisons.

The Eagles opened the scoring on a penalty corner, with Gretz finishing from the upper-left side of the circle after Washington played a perfect pass over from the right. Bridgewater replicated the play early in the second half, with Gretz finishing off another pass from Washington to her right side.

Tierson scored on a Matisons cross from the right side to make it 3-1 after Holly Van Wie redirected a penalty corner shot out of the air to get FSU on the board.

Just one minute later, Tierson had an open shot from the left side that resulted in a great blocker stop by Bobcat goalie Nicole Leighty (14 saves). The Eagles came right back down the field and Tierson scored from the same spot where she had been stopped just 30 seconds earlier.

Bridgewater dominated play in the first half, holding a 10-0 advantage in shots, putting nine of them on target, and a 5-0 edge in corners.

12 minutes into the game, Washington ripped a low shot that was cleared off the line by Savannah Neubert at the back post.

Later in the first half a cross from Elizabeth Parker was redirected by Jacqueline DiFulvio, forcing a good save from Leighty. Georgia Howard then found Matisons all alone but the shot was again denied by Leighty.

FSU's best chance in the first half came on a dangerous pass in to Ivy Meissner, but Gretz got her stick behind the ball and drew a whistle without a shot attempt.

It was Senior Day and the Eagles recognized their departing class of Washington, Isabel Lopez, Parker and Casey Gaffney. The group is now 38-30 all-time as they pursue a third ODAC championship game appearance in four years.

Bridgewater (2-6) will face #19 Kean University tomorrow, who is undefeated at 9-0 after beating Lynchburg today. It will be the Eagles' second nationally-ranked opponent of the season.