BC Sports Recap 10/3


Bridgewater Eagles Athletics

Senior goalkeeper Sydney Davis added more accolades to her already impressive career, earning her the first ever BCVoice player of the week. Davis broke the Bridgewater College records for both wins and shutouts.

Leyton Pullin, Sports Editor

Bridgewater, Va. – Bridgewater College Athletics continued their fall seasons as ODAC play began for almost all teams across campus, while other teams finished their fall seasons and began looking ahead towards competition in the spring.

Men’s Golf

The men’s golf team finished second and third, as they entered two teams in the top three with the B team beating the A team — in the event held Monday afternoon at Shenandoah University.

The team will be back in action on Oct. 18-19, as they travel to Front Royal for the VSGA Intercollegiate.

Men’s Soccer

The Bridgewater men’s soccer team opened the week with a home match against ODAC rival Shenandoah University in a non ODAC matchup, due to the unbalanced schedule. The Eagles picked up a 1-0 win behind a late goal scored by junior Matthew Shelor in minute 76 of the game. 

During the win, the defense led the way and did not allow a single shot on net in the second half. 

The men then made the trip to Ferrum for another ODAC matchup. BC out shot the Panthers 19-7 throughout the contest but, 90 minutes was not enough to decide the game. 

Ferrum netted a goal just over five minutes into the extra period to win the game 1-0.

BC now sits at 4-5 overall and 0-2 in ODAC play. The Eagles will look to turn it around when they host cross town foe Eastern Mennonite at home on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m.

Field Hockey

The BC field hockey team opened up a busy week with a home game against St. Mary’s College on Wednesday.

The Eagles struggled offensively, only putting a single shot on net from junior Taylor Wood that was kicked away at the mouth of the goal.

St. Mary’s netted a goal in each the first and third quarters to take the game 2-0.

The Eagles then made the cross state trip to Virginia Wesleyan to open ODAC play. The Eagles opened the gate quickly on the attack, getting a penalty corner just under two minutes in. 

First-year Emily Tyler sent in the corner and the Eagles worked it around the goal before Tyler found her other first-year teammate Daphne Daymude, who fired and scored to put BC on top 1-0. 

In the fourth quarter, BC got on the board again on another corner attempt — making the final score 2-0. 

The Eagles only allowed one shot on goal throughout the game — which was saved by senior net minder Brooke Hamm.

The Eagles will be back in action on Wednesday in an ODAC matchup against conference frontrunner, University of Lynchburg. This is also a bleed crimson game. 

Women’s Soccer

The BC women’s soccer team traveled to Shenandoah University on Sept. 29, but ended in a 0-0 draw. Senior net minder Sydney Davis racked up four saves in the shutout — which is career shutout 21 and a new BC Women’s Soccer Record.

Davis continued the record breaking on Saturday, as the women traveled to Sweet Briar. The Vixens were up 1-0 at the half, but the Eagles racked up four goals in the second half — including two by sophomore Ashley Sabatino for her fifth and sixth on the year. 

Davis became the all-time wins leader with career win 38. 


The BC volleyball team opened the week with a marquee matchup against ODAC rival and one of the consistent conference favorites, Randolph-Macon.

Bridgewater started hot, getting a quick two sets to none lead. Randolph Macon came back with a resurgence in the third set, leading by as much as seven points, before coach Erin Harris took a timeout. After the timeout, BC won four points in a row to close the gap and provide some much needed momentum.

The Yellow Jackets took the third set and headed to fourth, which went back and forth. BC took the advantage late and had two match points that were both squandered on missed attacks by the Eagles. Randolph Macon took the set 26-24 to force a deciding fifth set.

The Yellow Jackets came out of the gate in the fifth and despite the energy from a jam packed Nininger Hall, took the fifth and final set to take the match 21-25, 20-25, 25-19, 26-24, 15-9.

BC then made the trip up I-81 to take on Shenandoah University on Friday. The Eagles dropped the opening set 14-25, but stormed back to take the next three sets 25-18, 25-21, 25-22 to win the match and take win number 35 of all-time over the Hornets.

Sophomore Ashley Casey led the way for the Eagles racking up 13 kills and a career high of 19 digs. First-year Ashley Rutherford, also stepped up for the Eagles tallying 35 assists as the Eagles were missing a few key performers.

The volleyball team(6-7, 3-2) will travel to Roanoke on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.


Both the men’s and women’s swimming teams opened their season with strong performances at home.

The women’s team won the tri meet over Ferrum and Alderson Broaddus 181-21 and 181-48.

The men’s team also defeated Ferrum and Alderson Broaddus by a score of 169-10 and 169-57.

Both teams will be back in action on Oct. 9, as they travel to Washington and Lee for the ODAC Relays.


Both tennis teams competed in the ITA DIII Southeast Regional over the last two weekends.

The women’s team competed on Sept. 25-26, at the event held at Mary Washington University. They were highlighted by junior transfer Emma Nesselrodt and sophomore Ryan Roeber, who both made it to the semifinal round of the B7 draw. Both came up short in the semifinal round during day two.

On the men’s team, the duo of sophomore Gabe Elder and first-year Mark Gordon led the way as they made it through to the championship match in the B2 doubles draw on day two. The duo got out to a 5-4 lead in the final, but fell to a duo from Grove City 5-8. 

Both teams concluded their fall seasons during the event and will be back in action in February.


The BC football team traveled to Shenandoah University on Saturday, Oct. 2.

The Eagles got out in front early, leading 24-0 in the second quarter, before Shenandoah stormed back outscoring Bridgewater 34-3 down the stretch to win 34-27.

The Eagles will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m.

BCVoice Player of the Week

The week was highlighted by a few significant performances, however, one rose above the rest as senior Sydney Davis had two record breaking performances. Davis broke both the all-time shutouts and wins records during the week, adding to her already impressive career while at BC.