LEXINGTON, Va. — With the team finding itself in a 2-0 hole late the in second half, the Washington and Lee field hockey team cut the deficit to one, but couldn't find the equalizer in a 2-1 loss to Eastern Mennonite at the W&L Turf Field on Saturday.
The loss dropped the Generals to 3-8 overall and 1-3 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Royals improved to 3-7 and 2-2 in the conference.
EMU appeared to have put the game away with its second goal with 15:39 left in the second half. Junior midfielder Jessica Blanks (Richmond, Va./Manchester) stuffed the ball into the goal after a tip pass by first-year forward Melissa Cox (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield). It gave EMU a 2-0 lead and the Generals had yet to put a shot on goal in the contest.
The score energized the W&L offense, which took all seven of its second-half shots after falling behind 2-0. The Generals quickly cut the lead to 2-1, after scoring on a counter attack. Junior midfielder Lauren Boone (Louisville, Ky./Collegiate) stole the ball from the Eastern Mennonite offense. She then fired a pass up the field to sophomore Candice Stefanic (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga), and hit the forward in mid stride. Stefanic had slipped behind the Royals' defense and only had the goalkeeper to beat. She fired the ball across the goal and it found the left side of the net to cut the lead to 2-1. It was Stefanic's third goal of the season.
The Generals kept on the offensive and had a shot to tie the game as time expired. On the final play of the contest, W&L set up a penalty corner. The pass found its way to junior midfielder Alex Hensleigh (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox), but her shot sailed wide to end the team's hope for a comeback.
Senior goalkeeper Kirsten Kyne (Baltimore, Md.) kept the Generals in the game with 12 saves, and numerous other clears. Junior Mary Beth Danaher (Matoaca, Va./Matoaca) made two saves for EMU to earn the victory.
Eastern Mennonite put the first goal on the board 1:33 into the first half. Kyne deflected the Royals initial shot, but senior midfielder Adriana Santiago (Souderton, Pa./Christopher Dock) collected the rebound and passed to junior defender Carol Brinkley (Chester, Va./Thomas Dale) who netted the goal.
Washington and Lee next hosts Shenandoah on Tuesday, October 9, at 5:00 pm.
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