September 17, 2011

W&L Field Hockey Knocks Off Frostburg State, 6-2

LEXINGTON, Va.  – Senior midfielder Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Holy Cross) scored a goal and assisted on two others as the Washington and Lee field hockey team posted a 6-2 victory over Frostburg State on Saturday afternoon at the W&L Turf Field.

Benedetti had a hand in the Generals' opening goal as she and sophomore defender Lauren Boone (Louisville, Ky./Collegiate) assisted on a goal by senior defender Lizz Dye (Houston, Texas/Episcopal) on a penalty corner just 1:56 into the game.

W&L (3-3) stretched its lead to 2-0 on an unassisted tally by first-year forward Candice Stefanic (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) at the 22:29 mark, but the Bobcats (1-6) responded just 2:12 later when junior midfielder Rachel Merritt (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) made good on a penalty stroke.  However, W&L carried a 3-1 lead into the break after junior midfielder Chelsea Stevenson (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) scored unassisted at the 28:23 mark.

Frostburg sliced the W&L advantage to 3-2 with an unassisted goal by junior forward Alli Elliott (Mechanicsville, Md./Chopticon) at 37:20, but the Generals scored three goals over the final 28 minutes and change to claim the win.

Benedetti provided W&L with a two-goal margin with an unassisted goal at 41:46 and sophomore defender Iziar Moure (Mar del Plata, Argentina/Holy Trinity) extended the lead to 5-2 with an unassisted goal at 45:47.  Benedetti then found sophomore forward Taylor Zusi (Summit, N.J./Kent Place) who finished off the scoring at 48:32.

Junior Kirsten Kyne (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) played the first 35:00 in goal and notched four saves (1 GA) to record the win.  Junior Caroline Sutherland (Huntington, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) played the final half without a save (1 GA).

Junior Maggie Edwards (Lebanon, N.J./Hunterdon Central Regional) played all 70 minutes in the cage for Frostburg State, posting six saves.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Friday as it hosts Bridgewater for a 7:00 pm contest.

-- GENERALS --

SCORING:
W&L – Lizz Dye (Christina Benedetti & Lauren Boone); 1:56
W&L – Candice Stefanic; 22:29
FSU – Rachel Merritt (Penalty Stroke); 24:41
W&L – Chelsea Stevenson; 28:23
FSU – Alli Elliott; 37:20
W&L – Christina Benedetti; 41:46
W&L – Iziar Moure; 45:47
W&L – Taylor Zusi (Christina Benedetti); 48:32

GOALKEEPING:
W&L – Kirsten Kyne; 35:00, 1 GA, 4 Saves
W&L – Caroline Sutherland; 35:00, 1 GA, 0 Saves
FSU – Maggie Edwards; 70:00, 6 GA, 6 Saves

CARDS:
W&L – Chelsea Stevenson (Green); 40:31
W&L – Mary Virginia Long (Yellow); 59:23

TEAM STATS:
W&L – 21 Shots, 4 Saves, 7 Penalty Corners
FSU – 9 Shots, 6 Saves, 4 Penalty Corners