Eagles Pick Up ODAC Win Over Sweet Briar, 12-8
BRIDGEWATER, Va – Freshman Carli Bafford tallied four goals on the afternoon and helped lead the Eagles to an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory over the Sweet Briar Vixens, 12-8.
Sweet Briar came out of the gates firing and notched the first tally of the game 45 seconds into the contest. Bafford responded by netting the equalizer with a free position shot with 28:26 on the clock to lock the score at 1-1.
Charlotte Davis scored her second goal for the Vixens before Taylor Chamberlain snuck back-to-back goals past the keeper, one of which was from a free position, to put the Eagles up 3-2 with 23:50 remaining in the first frame.
With 9:28 left in the first half, Hennessy netted a goal off a Jordyn Hutchins pass and then followed it up with her own assist to Freeman to put the Eagles up 6-4 heading into the break.
The Eagles outshot the Vixens 15-8 in the first half and had a 8-3 draw control advantage.
Coming out of the intermission, Sweet Briar went on a 3-0 run to gain the lead back with 21 minutes left on the clock, making the score 7-6.
Bafford scored from a free position with 19:28 remaining in the game to tie the game back up and then netted another goal with 15:33 on the clock to give the Eagles the lead, 8-7.
With 14:07 left in the second frame, Chamberlain stuck a shot past the keeper to boost the Bridgewater lead to 9-7.
Taylor Klos for the Vixens scored an unassisted goal before Bridgewater closed out the game by going on a 3-0 run.
Freeman scored with 7:49 on the clock, making the score 10-8. Bafford netted a free position goal, followed by a Hennessy tally with 3:12 remaining in the game, finalizing the score at Bridgewater 12, Sweet Briar 8.
In the cage, Laura Reynolds picked up the win after recording nine saves on the afternoon.
For the Vixens, Caroline Baker turned away eight shots in the loss.
Bafford led the offense for the Eagles with four goals on four shots. Chamberlain and Freeman assisted her with three goals each, followed by Hennessy with two.
Peggy Russell led the defensive efforts by causing four turnovers and picking up four ground balls.
For Sweet Briar, Olivia Hurt led the offense with three goals, while Davis and Klos each added two.
Bridgewater is back in action Saturday as it travels to Randolph Macon to take on the Yellow Jackets. Game time is set for 1 p.m.