BRIDGEWATER, Va – Three goal games from junior Taylor Chamberlain and freshmen Carli Bafford and Caroline Fletcher sparked the Eagles' offense as the Bridgewater women's lacrosse team took down the Virginia Wesleyan Marlins, 15-8.
Bridgewater took an early 2-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game. Katie Freeman scored a goal off a Fletcher helper, followed by a Jesse Colligan free position goal with 26:45 left in the first frame.
The Marlins rallied back and scored two goals to knot the game up at two each with 22:59 remaining in the first half.
Chamberlain snuck her first goal of the game past the keeper with 22:39 on the clock. Fletcher notched a tally from a free position shot, while Jenna Devilbiss followed it up with a goal from a Colligan pass to build the Eagles' lead to 5-2 with 19:02 left in the first half.
Over the next five minutes, Virginia Wesleyan scored three more goals to draw the game back to a deadlock, 5-5.
With 8:06 left on the clock, Fletcher netted a shot off a Chamberlain pass to give Bridgewater the lead. Bafford stuck a shot past the keeper from a Fletcher assist with 6:05 remaining in the first frame to make the score 7-5 heading into the intermission.
Coming out of the break, Bridgewater scored three unanswered tallies to extend its their lead to 10-5. Within the first minute of the second half, Fletcher notched her final goal of the game. Paige Hennessy got on the board with a tally off a Bafford pass with 28:01 on the clock. Bafford followed up her assist with a goal off a Chamberlain helper with 26:21 left in the game.
The Marlins notched back-to-back free position goals to cut the Bridgewater lead to 10-7.
Jordyn Hutchins spurred a Bridgewater run by netting a goal with 15:17 remaining in the second half. Freeman notched another goal off a Bafford pass, followed by back-to-back Chamberlain tallies, both off of Hennessy helpers, to boost the Eagles lead to 14-7.
Virginia Wesleyan scored a goal with 9:07 on the clock off of a Carla Williams shot, but the goal was taken back when a penalty was called against her for having an illegal stick, leaving the score in Bridgewater's favor, 14-7.
With under a minute left on the clock, Nikki Salyers of Virginia Wesleyan scored a goal to cut the lead, but Bafford scored her final goal of the game with 25 seconds remaining to lock in the Bridgewater win.
The Bridgewater offense was led by Chamberlain, Bafford and Fletcher. All three players had three goals and two assists each. Peggy Russell and Laura Reynolds both picked up four ground balls on the afternoon.
The offense for the Marlins was led by Brooke Cabeceiras with three goals and Kelly Jacobson with two goals.
In the cage, Reynolds stopped seven Marlins shots, while causing three turnovers in the win.
Virginia Wesleyan goalie Madison Carroll turned away three shots in the loss.
Bridgewater is back in action on Saturday as it takes on the Lynchburg Hornets at home. Game time is set for 1 p.m.