LEORNARDTOWN, Md. – The Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team outscored St. Mary's, 5-1, in the final 9:43 of the first half to post a 16-6 victory over the Seahawks on Wednesday afternoon.
The game was tightly contested over the first 16:26, with both teams exchanging goals before senior midfielder Meade Brewster (Brookside, N.J. / West Morris Mendham) got the run started at the 9:43 mark off an assist from senior attacker Gretta Witter (Houston, Texas / The Hill School). Witter followed with a tally of her own 19 seconds later to give the Generals a 5-3 lead with 9:24 on the clock.
First-year attacker Sara Holland (Houston, Texas / M.B. Lamar) increased W&L's lead to three goals (6-3) with 7:42 left to play with an unassisted tally. Sophomore midfielder Shelby Newman pulled St. Mary's (0-1) within two (6-4) after she recorded a goal at the 2:42 mark.
The Generals then capped the first half with a pair of goals, one at the 1:45 mark from senior attacker Margaret Klein (North Andover, Mass. / Brooks) and another at the 1:23 mark from sophomore attacker Carly Taglienti (Moorestown, N.J. / Moorestown) to take an 8-4 lead going into the intermission.
Each team scored two goals in the first 14:15 in the second half before the Generals scored six-consecutive goals in the final 12:24 to pull away for the win.
For the game, W&L (2-0) held an advantage in draw controls, 15-9, while both teams registered 25 ground balls.
Junior Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J. / Glen Ridge) played all 60 minutes in goal for the Generals, collecting five saves. In the cage for the Seahawks was sophomore Kayla Dunn, who recorded six saves.
Klein paced the Generals with four goals for the second consecutive game. Witter notched two tallies and dished out two assists, while Brewster recorded two goals and one assist. Brewster also added a team-high four draw controls. Sophomore midfielder Emily Conway (Darien, Conn. / Greenwich Academy) and Taglienti added two goals each. Senior defender Olive Waxter (Baltimore, Md. / Roland Park) tallied a game-high five ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Sophomore midfielder Tori Poffenberger led the Seahawks with three goals, while Newman, junior attacker Christy Bishop and sophomore midfielder Brynn Miller scored the final three goals. Newman also picked up a team-high four ground balls and Miller posted a team-high three draw controls.
The Generals return to action on Saturday when they host Mary Washington for a 1:00 pm contest.
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