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Field Hockey Falls at W&L in ODAC Playoffs

elise lloyd battles for the ball with a general

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Bridgewater College field hockey team fell 3-1 in the ODAC quarterfinals at Washington & Lee, as the Eagles matched their regular season scoreline from four days again but looked very threatening in the second and third quarters.

Senior Elise Lloyd recorded her second career goal in the second quarter to make it 2-1 Generals. Karinne Moyer kept a clearance in the circle and crossed, Courtney Cooke's shot was blocked right at the goalline and Lloyd swept it in.

W&L had taken a 2-0 first half lead on two deflected crosses from the right side. Grace Weise's shot went in off a defender to open the scoring, and then a ball from Freddie Tobeason deflected in to double the Eagle deficit.

Emily Witzke made a pad block on the first penalty corner of the game. Later in the first, Kelsey Hicks made a defensive save at the near post following another corner.

Bridgewater had more possession late in the first half after pulling to within a goal, but couldn't grab another before halftime.

A good counterattack by Cooke and Meghan Obaugh earned Bridgewater its first corner of the game with five minutes remaining in the third quarter. Obaugh lifted a shot that went over the cage.

Weise dribbled around everyone to the right post late in the third and Ali Bishop made a good save.

Weise added a crucial insurance goal for the hosts in the fourth quarter. Bishop made a great save from point-blank range to deny Lauren Paolano, but the rebound fell right to Weise in the middle of the goalmouth.

Bishop finished with eight saves in 30 minutes while Witzke stopped four first half attempts.

Along with playing to matching 3-1 scorelines twice this week, the teams were facing off the fourth time in the past five ODAC tournaments, with W&L taking the last three postseason meetings after losing to Bridgewater 1-0 on their home turf in the 2015 championship game.

Bridgewater concludes its 2019 campaign with a record of 5-14, while Washington & Lee (10-7) advances to face Shenandoah in the ODAC semifinals.