Bridgewater Field Hockey Tops EMU

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The Eastern Mennonite field hockey team suffered a tough defeat at home Tuesday night, failing to dig out of a two-goal deficit in a 2-1 loss to Bridgewater.

The first 19 minutes of the game were lacking in quality shots until the Lady Royals put two shots on goal. Both were saved by BC's goalie, however, leaving the game scoreless.

The Eagles snuck on the board in the 30th minute after a ball was inserted on a penalty corner. The ball ended up in the cage and EMU was charged with an own goal as Bridgewater went up 1-0.

Four minutes into the second half, BC was at it again, pushing the lead to 2-0.

Eastern Mennonite finally broke through in the 46th minute, when Jessica Blanks (Richmond, VA/Manchester) sliced the deficit in half with an assist from Jenessa Derstine (Harleysville, PA/Christopher Dock). The women picked up their play the rest of the game, but couldn't crack the Eagles' defense in taking the loss.

Bridgewater had a slight 10-9 edge in shots, including 6-4 on goal. Blanks finished with three of EMU's shots on goal.

Mary Beth Danaher (Matoaca, VA/Matoaca) played all 70 minutes in goal and had four saves.

The loss drops the Lady Royals to 4-10 overall, but more importantly 3-4 in the ODAC. With just one conference game left, EMU is tied for fifth place in the standings with the top six making the postseason tournament. Seventh-place Washington and Lee is 2-3 in the ODAC, but has three games left on their schedule.

Eastern Mennonite ventures out of the league this weekend, hosting nationally-ranked Christopher Newport on Saturday. They'll close the season with an ODAC game at Shenandoah next week Wednesday. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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