Bridgewater women’s lacrosse loses in a nail-biter to Southern Virginia


Bridgewater Eagles Athletics

Junior Lauren Roberts attacks the net en route to a goal versus Southern Virginia. Roberts has a team-leading 40 points on the season.

Nathaniel Winebarger, Staff Writer

Bridgewater, Va.- Junior Lauren Roberts led the way once again for the Eagles, scoring six goals and tallying two assists, but the Eagles fell just short against Southern Virginia 15-13 at home. 

Roberts has scored 31 times already this season, including a nine goal game against Marymount.  

The Eagles have a plethora of scoring options. At least four players have scored 10 or more goals this season and junior Aunnie Hacker has a team-leading 13 assists.  

“I put a lot of pressure on myself to succeed and do the best for myself and my teammates,” said Roberts. “I continue to push myself in games and practices because there is always room to improve and get to greater achievement individually and as a team.”  

As for Wednesday afternoon against Southern Virginia, the Eagles got off to a hot start after jumping out to a three-goal lead. Hacker scored the first goal of the contest and Roberts scored the second goal, both unassisted.  

Senior Annika Benson scored goal number three for the Eagles on an assist by Roberts to make it a 3-0 game. The Knights would respond though with a goal just a minute later.  

Both Benson and Roberts added another goal to extend their lead to four. BC and SVU traded goals, making it 6-2 before the Knights began to go on a run of their own. Benson scored three goals Wednesday afternoon; she has nine on the season.  

The Knights scored two goals just a minute apart to make it 6-4. Lauren Roberts made it 7-4 on her third goal of the contest. The Knights scored five of the next six goals though to take a 9-8 lead.  

Junior Kaity Petersheim notched the game back up at nine with her 22nd goal of the season. 

“We came out strong and thought we had the game in our hands, but Southern Virginia had some girls that gave us problems,” said Petersheim. “We know now what we need to fix to be better.”  

The two teams went back and forth, and the Eagles got a one-goal lead back on another Benson goal. The Knights scored three unanswered goals to close out the game though to beat Bridgewater in a heartbreaker.  

“It is always tough to lose a close game, especially at home,” said junior Brooke Hanson. “But it is all about how we respond as a team and I think we did a good job on Saturday against Randolph.”

The Eagles were able to get back in the win column Saturday with an 18-7 win at Randolph College. They are 5-4 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. 

Bridgewater hits the field again on Tuesday, March 28 against Eastern Mennonite.