April 13, 2013

R-MC Women’s Lacrosse Holds Off Bridgewater in Final Minutes for 14-13 Victory

ASHLAND, VA – Randolph-Macon Women's Lacrosse held off a late surge to secure a 14-13 ODAC victory over Bridgewater College Saturday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets improve to 10-4 overall and 5-4 in the conference.

R-MC tallied the first four goals of the game with two coming off the stick of Shannon Jamieson. Kim Wright opened the scoring with a goal that was assisted by Jenelle Whitman.

Bridgewater broke into the scoring column when Katie Freeman found the back of the net with 19:17 to go in the first half.

The two teams then alternated goals until Emily Lynch scored unassisted with 4:13 left in the half to give Randolph-Macon an 8-4 edge.

Bridgewater rallied to end the first half with a pair of goals, the final coming with 22 seconds on the clock when freeman converted a free position shot to pull the Eagles within two at the half.

Caroline Fletcher cut the Eagles' deficit to 8-7 with a score three minutes into the second half but the Yellow Jackets' Rachel Johnsen pushed the advantage back to two when she scored 30 seconds later.

Despite trading goals for most of the second period, Bridgewater could not find a way to tie the contest and Randolph-Macon took a 13-10 lead with 12:41 to play after scores from Natalie Schnell and Lynch.

With the Yellow Jackets leading 14-11 with 3:08 remaining, the Eagles' Freeman found the back of the net and Carli Bafford followed less than a minute later to pull within one at 14-13 with 2:23 to go.

Bridgewater forced a turnover at midfield with just over a minute remaining and started a fast break down the field. Randolph-Macon's Alex Truesdale caught up to the Eagles' ball carrier and forced a crucial turnover that allowed the Yellow Jackets to run out the clock, winning by a 14-13 final

Randolph-Macon goalie Nicole Woodworth made 13 saves in all 60 minutes between the pipes.

R-MC held a 19-15 edge in groundballs and a 16-13 advantage in draw controls. BC took 33 shots to the Yellow Jackets 31.