LYNCHBURG, Va. — Playing the top team in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, the Washington and Lee field hockey team fell at Lynchburg, 4-0, on Wednesday. In a career performance, senior goalkeeper Kirsten Kyne (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) kept W&L in the game, tying a career high with 21 saves.
The loss dropped the Generals to 3-7 overall and 1-2 in the ODAC. The Hornets improved to 9-3 and 5-0 in the league. Kyne tied her own Washington and Lee single-game saves record, which she set at Catholic in 2011. She now has three of the top four single-game save marks in the history of the program.
With the performance, Kyne surpassed 200 saves for her career and moved into second on the all-time saves list at W&L. She now has 212 career saves, and only trails Courtney Harrison's 248 for the all-time record.
LC took the early advantage on an own goal, 11:53 into the first half. The Hornets pushed the lead to 2-0, when senior attack Lindsay Leonard scored her 12th goal of the year. Senior midfielder Shelly Milks brought the ball into the striking circle and passed it in front of the cage. Leonard received the pass, and beat a sliding Kyne for the score.
The Hornets took the two-goal lead into intermission, and expanded on it in the second half. Milks scored her sixth goal of the year 2:23 into the half, and sophomore attack Kelsey Link gave Lynchburg's its final tally with 21:26 left in the game. Milks assisted on the goal for her fourth point of the contest.
Kyne played the full 70 minutes and now has 79 saves this year. The 79 saves mark the third-highest single-season total in W&L history. Tara Rubenstein made 91 saves in 2006 and Caroline Habliston made 98 in 2008.
The Generals return home to face Eastern Mennonite on Saturday, October 6, at 12:00 pm.
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