W&L Field Hockey Stymied by No. 13 Ursinus, 5-2

Peyton Tysinger '23

LEXINGTON, Va. — Ursinus totaled four second-half goals, as the 13th-ranked Bears defeated the Washington and Lee field hockey team, 5-2, on Sunday at the W&L Turf Field.

The Generals (2-4) registered the first score of the contest just eight minutes into the opening period. Off a penalty corner, senior defender Olivia Hewitt (St. Louis, Mo./Visitation Academy) inserted the ball to the top of the circle.

First-year forward Tess Muneses (Howard County, Md./Glenelg) struck the ball toward the cage, and sophomore forward Grace Weise (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Agnes Irwin School) deflected it toward the right post. Ursinus (4-1) junior defender Erin McIlhenny was there to save the shot, but first-year forward Peyton Tysinger (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Academy) stuffed the rebound into the cage for her first collegiate goal.

W&L held the 1-0 advantage for the rest of the first quarter and for most of the second, but the Bears evened the score with 22 seconds left in the half. Junior midfielder Gabriela Howell sent a pass to the top of the circle off a corner. Junior midfielder Devon Carroll received the pass, took one touch to her right and then blasted the ball into the back of the cage for the equalizer.

The Bears quickly took a 2-1 lead at the start of the third period, when senior forward Gemma Dufoe scored off a rebound in the center of the circle with 13:43 left in the quarter.

Ursinus pushed the lead to 3-1 with a goal by senior midfielder Brianne Nicholas with 2:27 remaining in the third, but Weise answered with a tally of her own two minutes later to trim the deficit to one (3-2).

First-year forward Freddie Tobeason (New York, N.Y./Groton School) dribbled the ball into the circle on the left side on the play. She then took a shot toward the goal that was blocked by a defender. The rebound came right to the stick of Weise in the center of the circle, and she fired it into the top right corner of the cage for her third score of the season with 24 seconds left in the third.

The Blue and White's comeback attempt stalled in the fourth, as Ursinus added two goals in the final period, with Carroll and Dufoe each picking up their second tallies of the contest, to reach the final margin, 5-2.

Each squad took 19 shots in the game, and each had seven penalty corners. Sophomore goalkeeper Sara Amil (North Caldwell, N.J./West Essex) stopped 10 shots, but allowed all five goals in 60 minutes. Her counterpart, junior goalkeeper Addie Frey, made 11 saves in the contest.

The Generals return to action on Saturday at Christopher Newport at 1:00 pm.

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