Roanoke, VA - The weather did not cooperate when Bridgewater College traveled south to face Hollins on Saturday afternoon. Cold temperatures, howling winds, and even snow provided the backdrop for a pair of Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) rivals looking for their first conference win of the season.
The afternoon got started with a flurry of scoring in the opening minutes of play. Hollins struck first when leading scorer Allie Helmbrecht once again found the back of the net. The first-year midfielder notched her 30th goal of the season to get the game of to a good start for the home team. However, the visitors from Bridgewater answered quickly. A free position shot was awarded to the Eagles and they promptly tied the score. 25 seconds later, Bridgewater took their first lead of the afternoon and increased it, 3-1, with yet another score. Helmbrecht added another tally and just 3:30 into the game the score was 4-2, Eagles. Over the next eight minutes of play, Bridgewater scored seven unanswered goal to gain control of the matchup. Hollins added a third score before the half, but the Eagles enjoyed a 15-3 advantage at the break.
The weather continued to get colder as the afternoon progressed and the scoring slowed down during the second 30 minutes of play. The Eagles built onto their lead until Hollins added their fourth goal of the afternoon with just over 12 minutes left to go. That would prove to be the final tally of the game with Bridgewater leaving Roanoke with their first ODAC win of the season, 18-4.
Hollins took a few moments before the game to honor her two seniors, Rikki Martinez and Emily Lowther. Martinez controlled three draws while the senior from Corpus Christi, TX and Shenice David led Hollins with four ground balls apiece. Lowther went the distance in net, registering eight saves, giving the Woodbridge native 111 saves on the season. Helmbrecht finished the game with four goals on seven shots.
Jenna Devilbiss led all scores with six goals and three assists. Caroline Fletcher added three goals and an assist while Claire Palermo-Re handed out six helpers. Rachel Gruber picked up the win in goal, recording seven saves.
Hollins will have over a week to prepare for their final three games of the season. The Green and Gold will make the trip to Greensboro to face Guilford College on April 20th.