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Field Hockey Facing Familiar Foe in Quarterfinals

the eagles and generals battle for the ball on the lexington turf

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BRIDGEWATER, Va. –
The Bridgewater College field hockey team will face Washington & Lee for the second straight game, and fourth time in five postseasons, in the ODAC quarterfinal round.

W&L and BC are seeded third and sixth respectively for the second straight year, and the Eagles will return to the site of their 2015 ODAC championship game triumph.

The Eagles (5-13, 3-5 ODAC) wrapped up the regular season on Saturday with a 3-1 loss at Washington & Lee (9-7, 6-2), getting a late goal from junior Kelsey Hicks.

Despite playing primarily as a defender, Hicks has scored four goals in the past five games to rank fourth on the team in scoring. Courtney Cooke (5g, 5a) leads the way, while Karinne Moyer (5g, 4a) and Meghan Obaugh (6g, 2a) have each contributed 14 points on the year.

Defensively, Bridgewater has two senior goalies who rank in the top-7 in the conference in GAA, saves, and save percentage, and will need to choose between Ali Bishop (1.90 GAA, .818, 72 saves) and Emily Witzke (2.52 GAA, .753, 73 saves) after the pair battled all year for the starting job.

The Eagles have played best against some of their top competition this season. Bridgewater went to extra rounds of a shootout against Lynchburg, the ODAC top seed and host of next weekend's conference final four, and held a fourth quarter lead before falling 3-2 to Mary Washington- who went 3-2 against ODAC playoff teams this year while facing everyone in the field besides, coincidentally, Washington & Lee.

Two-time All-State selection Lauren Paolano leads the Generals in scoring this year with nine goals and an assist, and struck twice last weekend in the first half vs. Bridgewater. Sophomore Grace Weise has added five goals and four assists on the year.

Sophomore Sara Amil has taken over the starting goalkeeper spot this year and her 1.06 GAA ranks second in the conference.

The teams will face off at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening in Lexington, with the winner slated to face second-seeded Shenandoah on Friday.

ODAC FIELD HOCKEY TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS
Quarterfinals | Tuesday, November 5
Game 1: #5 Randolph-Macon at #4 Roanoke | 4:00 PM
Game 2: #6 Bridgewater at #3 Washington and Lee | 7:00 PM

Semifinals | Friday, November 8 | at #1 Lynchburg
Game 3: Winner Game 1 at #1 Lynchburg | 4:30 PM
Game 4: Winner Game 2 vs. #2 Shenandoah | 7:00 PM

Championship | Saturday, November 9 | at #1 Lynchburg
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 | 6:00 PM