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Eagles Shut Out in Playoffs Despite 21 Attempts on Target

jackie difulvio posts up a shenandoah defender

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Bridgewater College field hockey team couldn't score despite totaling 21 shots on goal, with the Eagles eliminated 3-0 by Shenandoah in the ODAC quarterfinals.

SU goalie Jenna Rampale made 19 saves in a shutout for the visitors. Defender Kiera Lane made two defensive saves and also broke up a Tessa Tierson breakaway as the last defender in the second half, at a time when the Eagles were playing 9-on-11.

Shenandoah scored on consecutive penalty corners in a first half that was otherwise largely controlled by the Eagles.

With 14:26 remaining the first Shenandoah shot on goal of the game was saved by Ali Bishop, but Morgan Lingo flipped the rebound to Morgan Payne at the right post to open the scoring.

The Hornets earned another corner just over a minute later. Megan Stevens posted up in front of Bishop and passed over to Melissa DeiTos to quickly double the visitors' advantage.

The Eagles racked up shot attempts in the second half, with Rampale at one point making seven saves in the span of just minutes on three consecutive corners.

First she made three saves- on Emily Matisons, Tierson and Casey Gaffney. Another corner was whistled and Rampale denied both Tierson and Elizabeth Washington. A third corner was called, with Washington putting two shots of target that were both turned away by Rampale.

BC's Karinne Moyer made a defensive save late in the second half but a penalty stroke was called. Katelyn Curtis slotted it home for the final 3-0 scoreline.

Over two games in the past four days, Bridgewater and Shenandoah combined for 35 second half penalty minutes- with 23 of them on Bridgewater.

Bridgewater held a 7-3 advantage in shots on target in the opening period. After a Shenandoah giveaway, Tierson's breakaway was saved and DiFulvio's rebound resulted in a defensive save by Lane.

Two minutes later, BC went shorthanded on a green card but immediately broke on the attack. Again Tierson was saved with the rebound falling to DiFulvio- this time the sophomore's shot went off the right post.

Bridgewater finishes its 2017 campaign with a record of 7-11, while Shenandoah moves on to face Washington & Lee on Friday in the ODAC semifinals.