LANCASTER, Pa. – Junior midfielder Cordelia Peters (Larkspur, Calif. / Hotchkiss) scored three goals to lead the third-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team to an 8-4 victory over seventh-ranked Franklin & Marshall on Saturday at Shadek Stadium.
With the game tied at 2-2 with 15:38 left in the first, the Generals (1-2) closed out the half with two goals to assume a 4-2 advantage heading into intermission. First-year midfielder Claire Fulton (Hagerstown, Md. / Saint James School) scored at the 11:13 mark on an unassisted goal, and then first-year attacker Landon Shelley (Charlotte, N.C. / Myers Park) found Peters for a goal at the 3:47 mark.
The Generals extended their lead in the opening minutes of the second half with back-to-back goals in a span of 57 seconds. Senior attacker Jess Castelo (Red Bank, N.J. / Lawrenceville) opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 27:44 mark and then less than a minute later, Shelley found the back of the net at 26:47 to give the Generals a 6-2 advantage.
F&M (1-1) ended W&L's four-goal run at the 23:13 mark with a goal from first-year attacker Megan Jackson that was assisted by junior midfielder Maddie Hughes. The Generals then responded with two straight scores to push the lead out to five goals (8-3). Peters tallied an unassisted goal with 10:20 left, and then Castelo found a cutting Peters for her third goal of the game at the 8:06 mark.
Senior midfielder Katie Groenke scored on a free position shot with 7:07 remaining, but the Diplomats would get no closer, as W&L claimed the 8-4 victory for its first win of the 2018 season.
For the game, W&L held a 10-4 advantage in draw controls, while Franklin & Marshall held a 25-17 edge in shots. F&M also grabbed 17 ground balls compared the Generals' 14.
Along with her three goals, Peters also dished out an assist. Senior attacker Mimi MacCowatt (New Vernon, N.J. / Kent Place) added two goals, while Shelley and Castelo each tallied a goal and an assist. Senior defender Riley Garcia (Manhasset, N.Y. / Manhasset) and sophomore defender Giddings Harrison (Alexandria, Va. / St. Stephen's and St. Agnes) each caused three turnovers. Senior Hannah Wiltshire (Wilton, Conn. / Wilton) played all 60 minutes in goal and made 13 big saves for the Generals.
Groenke and Jackson each finished with two goals for the Diplomats, while senior attacker Paige Moriarty dished out two assists. Senior Danielle Harrington played the full game in goal for F&M and made four stops.
Washington and Lee returns to action next Saturday when it travels to ninth-ranked Salisbury for a 1:00 pm game.
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