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Eagles Take Defensive Battle vs. Shenandoah

Eagles Take Defensive Battle vs. Shenandoah

The Bridgewater College women's lacrosse team turned in a strong defensive performance in an important conference game, beating Shenandoah 9-5 at home.

Freshman Mackenzie Parcell led the BC defense with two caused turnovers, while senior goalie Rachel Gruber made 11 saves.

A defensive battle in the first half saw the teams pitch a combined shutout for the opening 13 minutes of play.

Kristen Stark finally opened the scoring with 16:50 left in the first, one of her three goals and two free-position conversions of the opening period.

Twice the Eagles thought they had found the net in the opening 16 minutes but had the play called off. Annie Sullivan scored three minutes in but had a foot in the crease; Dwyer Neal immediately forced a turnover on the clear but was saved by Shenandoah goalie Madeleine Card. Later a foul was whistled as Sarah Yashinskie shot in the upper netting, and the ensuing free position was denied by Card at the near post.

Abby Zorilla was wide open in front of the crease in the 11th minute but Gruber made a point-blank save. The Hornets later fed Nakona Wolfe inside but her shot rifled off the left post.

Card made another good save with 10:23 left in the first but the rebound fell right to Shannon Rogers, who picked it up and scored for a 2-0 Bridgewater lead.

The Hornets would finally got on the board with 8:14 left in the first as Cassie Arndt snuck an eight-meter shot past Gruber, before two Stark goals gave BC a 4-1 lead heading into halftime.

Annie McCorry drove on the counterattack early in the second half to cut the Shenandoah deficit back to two. Bridgewater answered immediately with Yashinskie scoring 28 seconds later after winning the draw and earning a foul.

Anna O'Hara spun inside to make it 6-2, scored again for an 8-2 lead, and then was denied another on a point-blank save by substitute goalie Kiera Lane. Neal's free position shot made it a 5-0 run for Bridgewater, giving the hosts a 9-2 advantage.

Jacque Hemler helped Shenandoah edge closer with a pair of goals, including a coast-to-coast goal with 5:04 remaining that made it 9-4. Gruber saved a free position shot by Jen Northam with 3:15 left to end any chance of a comeback attempt.

Bridgewater improves to 6-3, 1-1 ODAC and will travel to Roanoke on Saturday.