LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee field hockey team dropped a 4-0 contest to visiting Liberty University at the W&L Turf Field on Saturday afternoon.
Liberty (5-6), a first-year NCAA Division I program, held a decided advantage over a weary W&L (4-7) team. The Generals, coming off a 2-1 PS loss at Virginia Wesleyan the night before looked a little sluggish as the Flames held a 15-2 edge in shots and a 12-1 edge in penalty corners.
LU needed less than 10 minutes to net its first goal as first-year Abby Batdorf (Pottstown, Pa.) found the back of the cage unassisted at the 8:24 mark. First-year Helen Doolittle (Lancaster, Pa.) made it a 2-0 game at the 19:25 mark with an unassisted goal of her own.
In the second half, first-year Mercedes Cox (Manassas, Va.) tallied an unassisted marker just 1:42 into the second frame to put Liberty up 3-0. First-year Lindsey Hanks (Midlothian, Va.) found the back of the cage at the 63:46 mark to cap the scoring.
Junior Kirsten Kyne (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) started in goal for the Generals and played the opening 35:00. She allowed two goals and did not make a save. Junior Caroline Sutherland (Huntington, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) played the final 35:00 and made one save with two goals allowed.
Junior Ann Jefferis (Harleysville, Va.) played all 70:00 in the cage for Liberty and was not forced to make a save.
The Generals return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Sweet Briar for a 4:00 pm matchup.
LU - Batdorf; 8:24
LU - Doolittle; 19:25
LU - Cox; 36:42
LU - Hanks; 63:46
W&L - Kyne; 35:00, 2 GA, 0 saves
W&L - Sutherland; 35:00, 2 GA, 1 save
LU - Jefferis; 70:00, 0 GA, 0 saves
W&L - 2 shots, 1 penalty corner, 1 save, 3 cards (1 green, 2 yellow)
LU - 15 shots, 12 penalty corners, 0 saves, 1 green card