BRIDGEWATER, Va. — Bridgewater senior midfielder Shannon Strosser made a defensive save on the final play of the game to give the Eagles a 3-2 victory over the Washington and Lee field hockey team on Saturday at the Jopson Athletic Complex.
The Generals (10-6, 6-2 ODAC) trailed 2-0 entering the second half. Senior forward Maggie Waxter (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) put W&L on the board in the 41st minute with her 16th goal of the season off an assist from sophomore forward Audrey Brady (Far Hills, N.J./Brooks School). Bridgewater (11-6, 6-2 ODAC) extended the lead back to two goals, 3-1, with 8:37 left in the game on a goal by senior forward Marisa Sims.
First-year forward Lauren Paolano (Huntington, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) brought W&L to within one, 3-2, on her 12th goal this season off an assist from senior midfielder Kendall Peterson (Huntington, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) with 2:49 remaining in the contest. The Blue and White had one final opportunity to tie the game.
The Generals were awarded a penalty corner with no time left on the clock. Sophomore forward Haley Tucker's (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine's School) shot was stopped by first-year goalkeeper Ali Bishop. Waxter corralled the rebound and got her shot past Bishop, but Strosser was on the end line to make the defensive save. She then cleared the ball to win the game.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ariyel Yavalar (Baltimore, Md./Garrison Forest School) made six saves in 70 minutes but suffered the loss. Bishop stopped eight shots to earn the victory. The Eagles led in shots, 18-14, but W&L held an 11-6 advantage in penalty corners.
The 16 goals for Waxter are tied for the fourth-most in a single-season in program history. She also pushed her career points total to 107, which is now second on the W&L all-time list. She passed Jane Beall '06 who finished her career with 106. Peterson now has 10 assists this season, which is tied for second in single-season assists at W&L with Kendall Korte '08. Sallie Armstrong '10 holds the single-season record with 11.
The Generals will be the third seed in the ODAC Tournament and host sixth-seeded Roanoke on Tuesday with the game time to be determined.
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