October 24, 2009

W&L Posts Fifth-Straight Shutout, 6-0 Over Virginia Wesleyan

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Senior forward Steph Mansey (Mendham, N.J./Randolph) notched a hat trick and senior forward Sallie Armstrong (Houston, Texas/St. John’s) added two goals and an assist as the Washington and Lee field hockey team set a school-record with its fifth-consecutive shutout with a 6-0 win over Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon at the National Training Center.

Senior goalkeeper Caroline Habliston (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) and first-year keeper Kirsten Kyne (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) split time in the cage and combined to make five saves as W&L’s shutout streak continued. The Generals (9-6, 5-2 ODAC) have not allowed a goal since the second half of a 6-0 loss to Eastern Mennonite on October 7, a stretch of 430:01.

Mansey gave the Generals all the offense that they would need when she tallied an unassisted goal at the 5:05 mark of the first half. Armstrong quickly made it 2-0 when sophomore forward Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Holy Cross) set her up off a penalty corner at 9:08.

The Generals tallied twice more before the half on unassisted markers by Armstrong (27:58) and Mansey (29:32) to take control of the contest.

Benedetti scored an unassisted goal of her own at the 57:25 mark in the second half to make it 5-0 and Armstrong set up Mansey on the doorstep 19 seconds later for the final 6-0 margin.

VWC (4-13, 2-5) goalkeepers Chesley Baker and Emily Raddatz split time in goal. Baker allowed a pair of goals and made five saves, while Raddatz allowed four goals and also made five saves as W&L outshot the Marlins 23-8.

W&L will now await its opponent for the first round of the ODAC Tournament. The Generals will host an opening round game at a time that is yet to be determined.

AGATE
Scoring Summary:
W&L - Steph Mansey - 5:05
W&L - Sallie Armstrong (Christina Benedetti) - 9:08
W&L - Sallie Armstrong - 27:58
W&L - Steph Mansey - 29:32
W&L - Christina Benedetti - 57:25
W&L - Steph Mansey (Sallie Armstrong) - 57:44

Goalkeepers:
W&L - Caroline Habliston; 35:00; 0 GA; 2 saves
W&L - Kirsten Kyne: 35:00; 0 GA; 3 saves
VWC - Chesley Baker: 37:38; 2 GA; 5 saves
VWC - Emily Raddatz: 32:22; 4 GA; 5 saves

Game Summary:
W&L - 23 shots; 7 penalty corners; 5 saves
VWC - 8 shots; 5 penalty corners; 10 saves

--GENERALS--