W&L Field Hockey Outlasts Rhodes, 4-3

W&L Field Hockey Outlasts Rhodes, 4-3

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- The Washington and Lee field hockey team snapped a three-game skid with a 4-3 win over Rhodes on Saturday afternoon at The University of Mary Washington.

The Generals (2-3), who had been outscored 12-2 in the their previous three games combined, snapped out of their slump in a big way, tallying a season-high four goals from four different players.

Rhodes (2-1) jumped on the board first, as Katie Faucher scored off a feed from Kat Simpson just over 2:00 into the game. However, the Generals knotted the game at 1-1 when Candice Stefanic (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) netted an unassisted tally at the 14:52 mark.

W&L quickly made it 2-1 on goal from senior Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Holy Cross) under 5:00 minutes later.  The Generals would maintain their one-goal lead into the break.

Just after halftime, the Lynx tied the game at 2-2 on a Taylor Mills penalty stroke at the 37:03 mark.

W&L junior Chelsea Stevenson (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) pushed the Blue and White in front, 3-2, with her first goal of the season at the 51:19 mark and first-year Lindsey Purpura (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth) made it 4-2 W&L at 61:30. 

Purpura's goal proved to be the deciding tally as Rhodes tacked on a final goal, this time on a Mills feed to Libby Jones, at 65:41 for the final margin.

Both teams used a pair of goalies. For W&L, junior Kirsten Kyne (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) started and played the opening 35:00. She allowed one goal and made three saves. Classmate Caroline Sutherland (Huntington, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) played the final 35:00, allowing a pair of goals and making five saves.

For Rhodes, Kelly Whelan played the first half and allowed two goals while making two saves. Jordan Robinson played the second half, making one save and allowing a pair of goals.

The Generals return to action on Thursday when they travel to Christopher Newport for a 6:00 pm engagement.


Scoring Summary
Rhodes - Faucher; 2:10 (Simpson)
W&L - Stefanic; 14:52
W&L - Benedetti; 19:41
Rhodes - Mills; 37:03 (stroke)
W&L - Stevenson; 51:19
W&L - Purpura (61:30)
Rhodes - Jones; 65:41 (Mills)

W&L - Kyne; 35:00, 1 GA, 3 SV
W&L - Sutherland; 35:00, 2 GA, 5 SV
Rhodes - Robinson; 35:00, 2 GA, 1 SV
Rhodes - Whelan; 35:00, 2 GA, 2 SV
Game Summary
W&L - 7 shots, 8 saves, 4 penalty corners
Rhodes - 14 shots, 3 saves, 9 penalty corners