BC Sports Recap 9/19


Leyton Pullin

Bridgewater College athletics continued their surge into the fall season as multiple teams saw home action on family weekend. The week was highlighted by field hockey’s two shutout victories.

Leyton Pullin, Sports Editor

Bridgewater, Va. – This week of BC athletics was highlighted by the two consecutive wins of the field hockey team, and was capped off by a trio of victories on family weekend by both soccer teams and the women’s tennis team.

Women Cross Country

The women’s cross country team put up a solid performance finishing at number five at the JMU Invitational — which included defeating Division I program Virginia Commonwealth University.

The highest finisher for the Eagles was first-year Emily Smeds, who placed at number 21 in the event.

The Eagles will be back in action when they host the Bridgewater Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Men Cross Country

The men’s cross country team took part in the JMU Invitational on Friday and took home a number six place finish. 

Junior Vinny Leo posted the best time for the Eagles with a number 20 finish.

The Eagles will be back in action on Oct. 2 at home for the Bridgewater Invitational.

Field Hockey

The BC field hockey team stayed hot, winning two games during the week, and not allowing a single goal.

The Eagles opened up the week with a 3-0 win on the road at Goucher. First-year Emily Tyler added two goals to the win and then added four more goals in the 10-0 win over Southern Virginia. 

The Eagles (3-3) will be back in action as they travel to Sweet Briar on Sept. 23.


The BC football program dropped their ODAC opener at home against defending champions Randolph-Macon 31-13. 

The Eagles were hindered by two Matt Lawton interceptions. The senior quarterback also added 204 yards with a pair of touchdowns.

Senior Chad Jones led the Eagles in receiving yards, with 76 yards total and a touchdown grab.

BC (1-2) will be back in action as they travel to Emory and Henry on Sept. 25.

Men’s Golf

The men’s golf team opened their season with a solid showing at their home event. The team ended with a number six finish. 

The Eagles put together the second lowest round of the tournament on the second day, which was an improvement from the number eight place spot after the first round.

BC will hit the course once more on Sept. 27 at the Shenandoah Old Glory Invitational.

Women’s Soccer

The women’s soccer team picked up two wins on the week with a 5-1 win over Greensboro and a 2-0 shutout over Salisbury. 

The win over Greensboro on Wednesday was highlighted by sophomore Skyler Daum, who had  two goals. Daum also added an assist during the win on Saturday over Salisbury.

The Eagles will be back in action on Sept. 22 at Eastern Mennonite in the Battle of Route 42.

Men’s Soccer

The men’s soccer team picked up their first win of the season with a 7-0 shut out of Southern Virginia University. 

The Eagles were led by first-year David Franco’s hat trick. 

BC only led 1-0 after the first half, but blew the game open scoring six second half goals, including Franco’s three, all scored within an eight minute span. 

BC finished off a busy Saturday across campus as they hosted York and picked up their second win of the week 2-1.

The Eagles will be back in action on Sept. 21, when they host Regent.

Women’s Tennis

The women’s tennis team picked up their first team win of the year in a 9-0 sweep over Marymount.

The Eagles ran through doubles in 30 minutes — only dropping three games. 

With a 3-0 lead headed into singles, the Eagles made a sub at the No. six slot as sophomore Emily Wylie picked up her first collegiate win 6-1, 6-0.

The Eagles finished off the match when junior Ali Keister was the last off the court — which completed the sweep at 6-1, 6-3 win at the top slot.

The Eagles will be back in action Sept. 25-27, as they head to the ITA Southeast Regional Tournament at University of Mary Washington. 


Coming off of a tough week, the Eagles looked to stop a four game losing streak against Penn State Altoona.

BC dropped the opening set 19-25, but rebounded. The Eagles took the second set 25-18 and the third set 25-22, to take a 2-1 lead.

The Eagles got ahead early and then struggled in the fourth set, as the Nittany Lions took the set 25-19 to force a decider.

The Nittany Lions jumped out in front and never turned back in the final set, taking the set 15-10 and taking the match 3-2.

BC dropped their number five match in a row, falling to 3-5 on the year. The Eagles will be back in action on Sept. 25, as they head to an ODAC tri-match with Washington and Lee and Ferrum.