BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Bridgewater College field hockey team nearly pulled off an upset over #19 Lynchburg on Senior Day, falling in extra rounds of a shootout.
The Eagles got 12 saves in overtime alone from senior Ali Bishop, who finished with 15 saves and no goals allowed after coming into the game after halftime.
Bridgewater got goals in the shootout from Caroline Quigley and Kelsey Hicks. Georgia Howard also appeared to score on BC's fourth attempt which would have given them the win, but it was called off for touching the back of her stick. The shootout went to a sixth round and Lynchburg's Emily Dudley scored the game-winner.
The Eagles had sent it to overtime with a third quarter connection between sisters Kallie Moyer and Karinne Moyer. Kallie dribbled past a defender on the left side and centered it to Karinne, who finished it off to make it 1-1.
Senior Emily Witzke made two good saves in a first quarter that was otherwise even. Two minutes in Jackie Lerro cut through the defense and tried to place a shot to the far corner, with Witzke getting her stick down to block. She then kicked away a redirect from Maggie Chiappazzi after a cross skipped through from the right sideline.
Courtney Cooke took the ball away from a defender and went in on a breakaway later in the first. She was nearly dragged down from behind but no foul was called and the shot was saved by Laurel Nicks.
The Hornets scored the only goal of the first half as a long restart by Hayden Shockley skipped all the way through to Lerro for the score.
Witzke stopped Kessa Romero soon after, and then dove back to block the rebound that fell right in front to Sarah McCollum.
The Eagles had two good corners late in the first half. On the first one, a shot by Allison Thompson deflected off a defender and was saved. Hicks then put a shot inches wide.
It was Senior Day for six graduating Eagles who have contributed to 30 wins in their time at Bridgewater- Witzke, Alexandra Rose, Elise Lloyd, Jacqueline DiFulvio, Bishop and Howard.
Bridgewater (4-12, 2-4 ODAC) will host EMU on Wednesday at 6 p.m.