Paolano ties single-game goals record in 7-2 win over Virginia Wesleyan

Lauren Paolano

LEXINGTON, Va. – A program-record tying four goals from junior forward Lauren Paolano (Huntington, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) led the Washington and Lee field hockey team to a 7-2 win over ODAC foe Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.

Paolano got the Generals (6-8, 4-2 ODAC) on the board first in the just the second minute of the game when she redirected a shot from senior forward Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine's School) past the Marlins' (6-6, 3-3 ODAC) keeper. She added her second goal of the contest in the 29th minute when she received a pass from first-year defender Katherine Berman (Houston, Texas/The Kinkaid School) just in front of the goal. Paolano turned to her left and found room inside the right post to put W&L ahead, 2-0.

Less than a minute later, Tucker got on the board when she dribbled the ball from midfield and beat the keeper from close range for her first score of the game. Paolano then capped off her fourth career hat trick in the 31st minute when Tucker shot from just inside the arc and redirected the ball in before crossing the goal line.

Just 19 seconds in the second half, Paolano tied the program-record for goals in a game with her fourth when she got a breakaway opportunity and hit a backhanded shot past the keeper and inside the far post. Paolano is now one of just three players in program history to reach the four-goal mark in a game, joining Sallie Armstrong '10 and Kendall Korte '08.

W&L added two more goals in the game on scores by first-year forward Grace Weise (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Agnes Irwin School) in the 54th minute and by Tucker in the 61st minute, her second of the game.

The two Virginia Wesleyan scores came after trailing W&L 7-0, courtesy of senior midfielder Ashley Parker, from junior forward Emily Price, in the 65th minute, followed by Price in the 69th minute from junior forward Elizabeth Roberto.

Paolano finished the game with six shots, five on goal, while Tucker finished with a game-high eight shots and recorded six points, including her third career two-assist game.

Weise's score was her fourth of the season as the first-year forward shot four times and put three shots on goal. Berman and sophomore forward Caroline Grace (Warwick, R.I./Phillips Exeter Academy) added one assist each in the contest.

The Marlins' offense was paced by Parker, Price and Roberto who all shot three times and combined for five shots on goal. Sophomore forward Julie Fassl also attempted three shots in the game.

W&L senior goalkeeper Ariyel Yavalar (Baltimore, Md./Garrison Forest School) (6-8) earned the win after stopping five shots in 70 minutes of action. Junior defender Olivia Hewitt (St. Louis, Mo./Visitation Academy) chipped in as well with a defensive save in the game. Virginia Wesleyan senior goalkeeper Skye Swain (6-6) took the loss but made 14 saves on 21 shots in 70 minutes of work.

For the game, the Generals outshot the Marlins, 27-16, including an 18-4 edge in the first half, and held a slight 6-5 advantage on penalty corners over Virginia Wesleyan.

The Generals will be back in action on Wednesday in their regular season home finale when Ferrum visits for a 7:00 pm ODAC contest.

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