LEXINGTON, Va. — With two goals in the first 3:02 of the game, the Washington and Lee field hockey team held on late in the contest to defeat Virginia Wesleyan, 2-1, on Saturday at the W&L Turf Field. Senior goalkeeper Kirsten Kyne (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) made nine saves in the game to set the career saves record at W&L.
Kyne needed every one of her nine saves to secure the victory for the Generals (6-9, 4-3 Old Dominion Athletic Conference). The Marlins (3-11, 1-6 ODAC) outshot W&L, 10-3, in the second half with Kyne making six saves. She set the record, while stopping a great opportunity VWC had to tie the game.
With 9:08 left, Marlins' first-year midfielder Sam Jackson (Manassas, Va./Osbourn) had a breakaway down the right side of the field. She was one-on-one with Kyne, but the Generals' goalkeeper came off her line and stopped Jackson's shot before it made it three yards off the midfielder's stick. It was the 249th save of Kyne's career, which surpassed Courtney Harrison's 248. Kyne made three more saves as time ran out, and now has 252 in her four seasons.
The Generals' offense gave the team the lead almost immediately after the opening whistle. Just 1:25 into the game, first-year forward Claire Townsley (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) made a crossing pass into the circle to junior midfielder Lauren Boone (Louisville, Ky./Collegiate). Boone received the pass on the left side of the cage and slammed in her third goal of the year.
W&L pushed the lead to 2-0 just over a minute later when first-year forward Charlotte MacDonald (Bluemont, Va./Foxcroft) tallied her fourth score of the season. The ball was in a scrum three yards inside the center of the striking circle. It slipped out to MacDonald who was standing at the right post, and she stuffed it in for the goal.
The Marlins then pulled starting sophomore goalkeeper Lindsay Baker (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) for junior Kirsten Olson (Springfield, Va./Lorton South County), but the damage was already done. Olson made six saves without allowing a goal in 59:45, but it wasn't enough to win the game.
VWC scored its lone goal 7:51 into the first half. From the left corner of the field, junior midfielder Taylor Lober (Wilmington, Del./Concord) passed the ball in front of the cage. Senior forward Courtney Pollard (Lebanon, N.H./Lebanon) redirected the ball into the top right corner of the goal.
The victory along with a loss by Shenandoah to Randolph-Macon clinched a spot in the ODAC tournament for W&L.
The Generals host seventh-ranked Christopher Newport on Sunday, October 21, at 2:30 pm. It will be senior day for Kyne and midfielder Chelsea Stevenson (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest).
-- www.generalssports.com --