Tran's Hat Tricks Leads W&L Field Hockey Over EMU, 4-0

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Senior forward Kelly Tran (Simsbury, Conn./Ethel Walker) recorded her first-career hat trick as the Washington and Lee field hockey team defeated Eastern Mennonite, 4-0, on Tuesday night at the W&L Turf Field.

Tran upped her season-goal total to a career-high 10 as W&L (7-4, 4-1 ODAC) bested EMU (7-6, 3-2) for the fourth-consecutive time in Lexington.
Senior midfielder Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) fed a pinpoint pass to Tran in front of EMU senior Becky Nolt (East Berlin, Pa./Bermudian Springs) that she deposited past the Royals' keeper just 2:00 into the contest to put W&L up 1-0.
Junior midfielder Annie Stevenson (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country) then took a pass from sophomore midfielder Chelsea Stevenson (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) and beat Nolt to push the Generals' advantage to 2-0 at the 13:28 mark.
W&L's lead swelled to 3-0 at the 27:27 mark of the opening stanza when Tran notched her second goal following a feed from senior defender Jennie Norcini (Wayne, Pa./Episcopal).
In the second half, Tran finished off her hat trick with an unassisted goal in the 38th minute to cap the scoring.
Sophomore goalkeeper Caroline Sutherland (Huntington, N.Y./Cold Harbor) came up with five saves and Norcini added a defensive save for the Generals as W&L posted its second shutout win of the season.
Nolt made eight saves for the Royals as W&L outshot EMU, 18-12, including 13-1 in the opening period.
Washington and Lee returns to action when it takes on Rhodes at 2:00 pm on Saturday. That game will be played on a neutral field at Sewanee.

Scoring Summary
W&L - Tran (Mathews): 2:00
W&L - A. Stevenson (C. Stevenson): 13:28
W&L - Tran (Norcini): 27:27
W&L - Tran: 37:47

W&L - Sutherland; 70:00; 0 GA; 5 saves
EMU - Nolt; 70:00, 4 GA; 8 saves
Game Summary
W&L - 18 shots, 8 penalty corners, 6 saves
EMU - 12 shots, 6 penalty corners, 8 saves