October 18, 2009

W&L Field Hockey Defeats Rhodes, 1-0, in OT

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee field hockey team posted its third-straight shutout win with a 1-0 overtime victory over Rhodes on Sunday afternoon at the W&L Turf Field.

W&L junior midfielder Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) found senior forward Sallie Armstrong (Houston, Texas/St. John’s) in front of the Rhodes cage, who proceeded to rebound her own missed shot and put it past senior Meghan Cullen (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) for the game’s only tally in the 73rd minute.

For Armstrong, it was her 12th goal of the season and the 51st of her career.

Despite holding a 12-4 advantage in shots and an 11-4 advantage in penalty corners, the Generals were unable to slip a shot by Cullen in regulation. She made four saves for Rhodes (8-3) while W&L (7-6) senior goalkeeper Caroline Habliston (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) came up with three saves for the Generals.

Sophomore defender Sara Sanders (Louisville, Ky./Collegiate) added a defensive save for Rhodes.

Before the game, the Generals honored their five seniors for their contributions to W&L field hockey. Armstrong, Habliston, Steph Mansey (Mendham, N.J./Randolph), Grace McGee (Virginia Beach, Va./Floyd E. Kellam) and Alex Caritis (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy) have posted a won-loss record of 42-28 in their four seasons for the Blue and White and have appeared in the semifinals of the conference tournament on three occasions.

W&L returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Sewanee at 4:00 pm.

AGATE

Scoring Summary:
W&L - Sallie Armstrong; 72:39

Goalkeepers:
W&L - Caroline Habliston - 72:39, 0 GA, 3 saves
Rhodes - Meghan Cullen - 72:39. 1 GA, 4 saves

Team Stats:
W&L - 12 shots; 11 penalty corners; 3 saves
Rhodes - 4 shots; 4 penalty corners; 5 saves; 1 green card (Lindsey Gurkovich 42:20)