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Women's Lacrosse Eliminated in ODAC First Round

olivia carson makes a save

WINCHESTER, Va. – The Eagles could never get their attack going as the Bridgewater College women's lacrosse team fell 12-5 at Shenandoah in the ODAC quarterfinals.

Freshman attack Olivia Carson was playing her fourth game as an emergency goalie after an injury to BC's lone keeper (incredibly, the third time that has happened to Bridgewater in their past four games vs. Shenandoah). She made 11 saves to keep the Eagles in the game and kept a scoreless streak of 25:14 at one point, but Bridgewater could only put one point on the scoreboard themselves over that span.

Carson made eight saves in the first half and did not allow a goal in the final 20 minutes of the opening period.

By that point, the Hornets were already in front 5-0. Trailing 1-0, Carson saved three straight shots, including two eight meter chances, but an Eagle turnover at the other end resulted in a transition goal for a 2-0 scoreline.

Two free position shots made it 5-0 Hornets with 20:07 on the clock. Bridgewater finally earned their first eight meter chance less than two minutes later, but Kristen Stark was saved.

Carson made another good save, point blank on Abby Zorilla in transition, to keep the deficit at five. Dwyer Neal scored Bridgewater's only goal of the opening half on a free position attempt as the shot clock expired.

Shenandoah goalie Maddie Albornoz made 10 saves herself and fought off any chance of an Eagle comeback early in the second half.

Albornoz made saves on Anna O'Hara and Stark on the same possession. Shenandoah hit the crossbar at the other end, but then scored from the eight-meter line to take a 6-1 lead. Kayla O'Sullivan won the draw and went right at the cage, but was also denied by Albornoz.

Sarah Yashinskie made it 7-2 with three seconds left on the shot clock, with 22:10 still to play in the contest. Shannon Rogers got a great look off the ensuing draw control, but was saved again.

Yashinskie added two FPA goals late and finished with a hat trick. O'Sullivan had three caused turnovers, while Molly Lynch forced two.

Bridgewater concludes its season with a mark of 11-6. Shenandoah (12-6) moves on to face top-seeded Washington & Lee in the ODAC semifinals on Saturday.