College Women’s Lacrosse Final – Bridgewater 8, Guilford 7 (OT)

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Brittney Brown’s unassisted goal 1:35 into overtime lifted visiting Bridgewater College to an 8-7 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) lacrosse win over Guilford College Saturday.

The Quakers managed two shots on goal after Brown’s go-ahead score, but Bridgewater keeper Rachel Gruber stopped both. The Eagles (7-8, 4-5 ODAC) effectively possessed the ball and ran out the clock in the game’s waning moments.

Bridgewater overcame a 5-2 first-half deficit in a foul-riddle affair that featured a combined 71 fouls and four yellow cards between the teams. Senior Eleanora Keene, Guilford’s leading scorer, incurred two cards, which forced her out of the game with 14:51 left in regulation.

Keene tallied with 11:10 left in the first half to give Guilford a 5-2 edge, the either team’s largest lead. Bridgewater’s Caroline Fletcher scored with 4:16 left in the first half, trimming the Quakers’ halftime margin to 5-3.

Bridgewater’s Jenna Devilbiss scored twice 46 seconds apart, which tied the game at 5-5. After over 16 scoreless minutes, Fletcher notched her second goal off a Claire Palermo-Re feed to put the Eagles ahead, 6-5, with 8:25 left. The teams traded tallies before Guilford’s Marina Bailey scored on a strong move to the goal with 35 seconds remaining to force the extra frame.

Devilbiss and Fletcher both added assists to their two goals and shared game-high honors with three points apiece. Devilbiss also won a game-high four draw controls and teammate Jesse Colligan picked up four ground balls. Gruber finished with 12 saves in goal, nine in the first half.

Carlow paced Guilford with three goals and picked up two ground balls. Bailey contributed a goal and an assist, plus three ground balls. Sammi Milbourn made 12 saves in goal, five on free-position shots and others from point-blank range.

Coach Sarah Lamphier’s Quakers (7-8, 3-6 ODAC) return to action Wednesday (4/22) at league-rival Hollins University.