Big First Half Carries Eagles past VWC 4-1

Big First Half Carries Eagles past VWC 4-1

Big First Half Carries Eagles past VWC 4-1

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- All five goals were scored in the first 18 minutes of the first half Wednesday afternoon as the Bridgewater College field hockey team downed Virginia Wesleyan 4-1 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) action.

Bridgewater took advantage of the penalty corner early in the contest as Elizabeth Washington took the attempt at the 4:41 mark. She fed the ball into Allison Kirk who managed a shot on goal that was saved by Skye Swain. Washington took the rebounded, slid towards the end line, and scored for her fourth goal of the season.

The Eagles added another tally five minutes later as the visitors peppered shots at Swain. The first-year goalkeeper stopped back-to-back shots from Alenka Ferrufino but Kirk received a carom, fed Ferrufino one more time, and the senior forward capitalized for the 2-0 edge.

The Marlins answered just two minutes later when Morgan Lee found Missy Stroup off the post for a flick on goal, cutting the deficit to one at 2-1 while swinging momentum to the Marlins.

Bridgewater took advantage of the penalty corner once again at 13:30 when Elizabeth Washington sent the ball to Caroline Fletcher at the top of the circle, who found Ferrufino for her second score of the game.

The Eagles added an insurance tally at 18:02 after another save by Swain off a penalty corner. BC retained possession and Rachael Loy scored for the 4-1 lead.

Swain finished with 16 saves while Hannah Rioux finished with two stops for Bridgewater (7-7/3-1 ODAC).

Virginia Wesleyan (5-11/1-3) hosts Eastern Mennonite University (3-11/0-4) for Senior Day Saturday at 1 p.m. The dedication for Birdsong Field will take place at 11 a.m.