Amil Sets Generals' Single-Season Shutout Record in 5-0 Win at EMU

Sara Amil '23

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Sophomore goalkeeper Sara Amil (North Caldwell, N.J./West Essex) broke the W&L single-season shutout record in a 5-0 victory for the Washington and Lee field hockey team at Eastern Mennonite on Saturday at the EMU Turf Field.

The Generals (6-5, 3-0 ODAC) tallied three goals in the opening 30 minutes. Senior forward Lauren Paolano (Huntington, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) registered the first just 3:25 into the first quarter. First-year forward Tess Muneses (Howard County, Md./Glenelg) sent the ball to the center of the circle from the left side, but it was blocked by a defender. Paolano arrived at the loose ball and struck it into the left side of the cage.

The Blue and White were then awarded a stroke with 10:28 remaining in the second. Muneses took the attempt and converted it in the top left corner. Paolano struck again just 2:08 later in the period. First-year forward Kailey Fitzgerald (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Visitation) had the ball on the right side of the circle. She sent it across the cage, it deflected off EMU first-year goalkeeper Ann Ghally, and Paolano stuffed it into the cage.

W&L took the 3-0 lead into halftime and then scored the final two goals in the third. The first came 3:07 into the quarter. Off a corner, senior defender Olivia Hewitt (St. Louis, Mo./Visitation Academy) passed the ball to the top of the circle.

Junior midfielder Abigail Hancock (Darien, Conn./Darien) received the ball and sent it to the right to first-year forward Freddie Tobeason (New York, N.Y./Groton School). Tobeason took one touch and struck the ball into the right side of the goal.

The Generals final tally came on the second stroke awarded to the team. Junior forward Grace Amaden (East Hampton, N.Y./East Hampton) took the attempt this time and fired it into the right side of the cage with two seconds left in the third.

W&L controlled possession throughout the contest, holding a commanding 41-1 advantage in shots. The Blue and White also had 12 penalty corners compared to one for the Royals. Ghally made 18 saves for Eastern Mennonite.

Amil played the full 60 minutes without making a save. The one true scoring opportunity for the Royals (4-8, 0-2 ODAC) came a minute into the third period. EMU brought the ball down the right side on the break, but Amil came off her line and cleared the ball.   

The shutout was the sixth of the season for Amil, which broke the program record of 5.5 set by Tara Rubenstein '08 in 2006. Amil now has six career shutouts, which is tied for the fourth-most in program history.

The Generals next play at Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday, October 19 at 1:00 pm.

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