LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee field hockey team erupted for nine goals, its most since 2006, as the Generals posted a 9-1 victory over Sweet Briar in ODAC action on Wednesday evening at the W&L Turf Field.
Neither team could find the cage until the 19:13 mark when first-year forward Sydney Tomaso (St. Louis, Mo./Villa Duchesne) scored unassisted for a 1-0 lead. Tomaso's goal was the first of six-straight tallies for the Generals (5-9, 3-3) over the next 13:46 as W&L carried a 6-0 lead into the halftime break.
First-year forward Charlotte MacDonald (Bluemont, Va./Foxcroft) found the cage off an assist from sophomore defender Mary Virginia Long (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal) at 23:55 and first-year forward Claire Townsley (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) notched a goal from an assist by junior midfielder Alex Hensleigh (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox) just 1:43 later for a 3-0 lead.
W&L's lead grew to 4-0 when senior forward Chelsea Stevenson (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) scored off a feed from junior midfielder Victoria Van Nattan (Towson, Md./Towson) at 26:57, and first-year midfielder Maggie Hambleton (Lake Bluff, Ill./Woodlands Academy) and MacDonald scored goals just 1:34 apart for a 6-0 lead with 2:01 left in the half.
Sweet Briar (1-10, 0-6 ODAC) got on the board when first-year forward Hannah Oybkhan (Wilmington, Del./Caravel Academy) knocked home a cross from sophomore forward Kim Orchowski (Crofton, Md./Arundel) just 4:05 into the second half, but Hensleigh posted two goals separated by just 1:04 of game action, and Townsley notched her second goal at 67:04 for the final margin.
As a team, the Generals held a 35-2 advantage in shots and an 11-1 edge in penalty corners. Hensleigh led the way with two goals and two assists, while MacDonald had two goals and one assist. Hambleton contributed one goal and one helper, and senior Kirsten Kyne (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) played all 70 minutes in goal, making one save.
First-year Katie Torretti (Lemon Grove, Calif./Bishops School) also played the duration in cage for the Vixens, posting 10 stops.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday, when it hosts Virginia Wesleyan for a 2:00 pm contets.