BRIDGEWATER, Va. – In a non-conference match-up at home against Ferrum, the Bridgewater women's lacrosse team battled in the first half, but a second half scoring drought caused the Eagles to fall to the Panthers, 15-11.
Bridgewater got off to a quick start when freshman attacker Jenna Devilbiss fired a shot into the back of the net off a Carli Bafford pass 13 seconds into the game. Ferrum responded a minute later with a Lauren Blankenship goal to knot the game at 1-1.
With 26 minutes on the clock, junior Katie Freeman scored from a Caroline Fletcher assist to give Bridgewater its first lead of the game. Ferrum scored back-to-back goals before Jordyn Hutchins put one past the goalkeeper to tie the game up 3-3 with 19:16 left in the first frame.
After another Panthers goal, Bridgewater went on a 4-0 run. Freeman started off the run with a free position goal with 11:28 on the clock, followed by a Bafford free position goal. Chamberlain and Freeman scored back-to-back unassisted goals, making the score 7-4 with 7:58 left in the first half.
Ferrum responded with a 4-0 run as well, making the Panthers lead 8-7 going into the halftime break.
Bridgewater out-fired Ferrum, 15 shots to 12 and led 9-6 in draw controls in the first half.
Coming out of the break, Bridgewater was scoreless for the first 20 minutes, while the Panthers racked up a few goals. Ferrum scored six goals in a row, forcing an Eagles timeout.
Out of the timeout, Fletcher used the man-up opportunity to put a shot past the keeper, making the score 14-8.
With 7:31 left in the game, Chamberlain scored, leaving the Ferrum lead at six, 15-9. Paige Hennessy put one in the back of the net and then Bafford scored off a Freeman pass to cut the Panthers lead to 15-11 with 1:58 left in the contest, but it was as close as the Eagles would get as Ferrum held Bridgewater off down the stretch for a 15-11 win.
Freeman led the Bridgewater attack with three goals and dished out one assist. Alexa Miller led with three draw controls and two caused turnovers while Laura Reynolds turned away six shots in the cage.
Three players, Blankenship, Sydney Hewartson, and Brooke Hewartson, led the Ferrum offense with three goals each.
Bridgewater is back in action on Saturday in the non-conference match-up against the McDaniel Green Terror. Start time is set for 1 p.m.