A proud season

By Lacey Naff

   Bridgewater’s field hockey team ended their season when they fell 2-1 to Randolph Macon in overtime in the ODAC semi-final round. It was a season to be proud of, though, as they ended with an 11-8 overall winning record, which is also the highest total wins for the program since the 11 wins back in 1998.

   Even though the last game didn’t work out in favor for the Eagles, some staple records were broken at the game. Freshman Taylor Prillaman scored the only goal for the Eagles that game, which was her fifteenth of the season and added to her team-high for the Eagles.  That record is also the program’s highest single-season output of the twenty-first century.

    Also, sophomore Caroline Augsburger, who assisted Prillaman’s goal, made her ninth assist of the season which marks the highest total assists for a Bridgewater player since 2003.

   Junior Megan Gould said that a great part of their season was beating Eastern Mennonite University because they haven’t done that since 1982. That game was an exciting 2-1 victory for the Eagles and really boosted their confidence for the remainder of the season.

   “Our field hockey season was definitely the best we’ve had, at least since I’ve been here. We made it to the semi-finals this year, which we haven’t done in four years, which is great,” Gould said.

      According to junior Colleen Dickson, when the girls really started to play as a team, they clicked and started winning and that just kept going.

   “The season started off kind of rocky. We had nine freshmen on the team and a lot of new blood, but towards the end of the season we really started to mesh,” Dickson said. “We ended our season on an awesome note—we had a winning season. We were third in the ODAC and that’s a bright note for next year starting off on a good foot.”

   Gould said that this year they are losing two contributing seniors, Joan Burleson and Kelly Ryan, one who is a key defensive player and one who is a center-mid.

    “Next year we will really have to find someone to replace them which is going to be tough. They were definitely an essential part to our team so we’ll just have to build around that and bring some new freshman in and have some other returning players step up to take their place,” said Gould.

   We commend the field hockey team on a successful season and wish them luck to have yet another successful season next year.

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