AMHERST, Va. – Sophomore Taylor Chamberlain netted five goals while five players had multi-goal games as the Bridgewater Eagles women's lacrosse team snapped its five-game losing streak with a 15-12 come-from-behind victory at Sweet Briar on Wednesday afternoon.
Bridgewater (4-7, 2-4 ODAC) took the early lead with goals from Chamberlain and sophomore Katie Freeman as the Eagles owned a 2-0 lead after five minutes of play.
Sweet Briar (3-11, 0-7 ODAC) survived the early Bridgewater storm and responded with five unanswered goals, including three from Sam Schwartz, to take a 5-2 lead with 11:23 to play in the first half.
Senior Jenny Logan opened a half-ending scoring spurt from the Eagles with an unassisted goal with 9:51 to play in the first, cutting the Vixens' lead to 5-3.
Less than two minutes later, freshman Jordyn Hutchins kept the rally going when she took a Logan pass and stuck a shot past the keeper to edge the Eagles to within a goal at a 5-4 tally.
Freshman Alissa Miller tied the game up with 3:12 to play in the first with an unanswered tally before Chamberlain finalized the first-half scoring when she snuck a Hutchins pass by the keeper to give the Eagles a 6-5 halftime lead.
Both teams were even in shots in the first half with each team tallying 15 to go along with seven saves a piece in an evenly played first 30 minutes.
Chamberlain got things rolling early in the first half with her third goal of the game to propel the Eagles to a 7-5 advantage.
Sweet Briar responded to the BC goal with three straight tallies to take an 8-7 lead with 24:48 to play.
Senior Megan Bach ended the Vixens scoring run by netting the equalizer 27 seconds later to tie the score at eight.
The two teams traded goals with Freeman sticking a shot past the keeper with 20:17 to play to knot things up at a 9-9 clip before a feverish run from the Eagles effectively put the game in the books.
Logan got things started with an unassisted goal with 19:50 to play before freshman Paige Hennessy added an insurance goal to give the Eagles an 11-9 advantage.
Chamberlain added two more goals to build the Bridgewater lead to 13-9 before Hutchins tallied her third goal of the afternoon to push the Eagles' advantage to five goals with 7:42 remaining.
Sweet Briar's Olivia Hurt ended the Bridgewater barrage before Bach responded with the Eagles' final goal of the game to put BC ahead 15-10 with 4:34 to play.
Over the final four and change, the Vixens netted two goals but the lead was too much to overcome as the Eagles claimed a big 15-12 road victory over Sweet Briar.
Chamberlain's five-goal effort paced the way for a Bridgewater attack that edged the Vixens in shots on the afternoon by a 33-29 tally. Logan aided the offense with two assists on the day.
Freshman Laura Reynolds stopped 13 Sweet Briar shots to earn the win, her fourth of the season.
Sweet Briar was paced offensively by Schwartz's five-goal outing while Caroline Baker picked up the loss in the net.
Bridgewater is back in action on Saturday at Virginia Wesleyan. Opening draw against the Marlins is set for 2 p.m.