October 21, 2013

Stefanic Leads W&L Field Hockey Past Sewanee, 3-2

LEXINGTON, Va. — Led by junior forward Candice Stefanic (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga), the Washington and Lee field hockey team came from behind to defeat Sewanee, 3-2, at the W&L Turf Field on Monday. Stefanic tallied two goals in the contest, including the game-winner with 11:17 left in the game.

The Generals (4-13) trailed at halftime, 2-1, but junior midfielder Mary Virginia Long (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal) tied the game 10 minutes into the second half. Off a penalty corner, the ball was passed into the center of the circle and then deflected to the far post.

Senior midfielder Victoria Van Natten (Towson, Md./Towson) redirected the ball to Long in front of the cage, and Long snuck the ball inside the near post to tie the game, 2-2. It marked the first goal of the season and collegiate career for Long.

Thirteen minutes later the Blue and White had another corner with first-year defender Noelani Schulmeyer (Glen Arm, Md./St. Paul's School) inserting the ball. She passed to senior midfielder Iziar Moure (Mar del Plata, Argentina/Holy Trinity) on the near side, who quickly swung the ball to junior midfielder Lindsey Purpura (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth) in the center of the circle.

Purpura fired the ball toward the far post, and Stefanic deflected it into the top of the cage for the game-winner. It was Stefanic's third goal of the season and Purpura's second assist.

W&L had other chances to break the game open, but the Tigers' (7-4) goalkeeper, first-year Gabrielle Fignar (Easton, Conn./Joel Barlow), made eight saves in 70 minutes. Sophomore Megan Axelrod (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver School) played the entire contest for the Generals and finished with three saves.

Sewanee scored the game's first goal in the 14th minute on a counter attack. Sophomore forward Maggie Boozer (Haymarket, Va./Episcopal) brought the ball down the center of the field, and then after entering the scoring circle, she passed to first-year midfielder Carrie Anderson (Louisville, Ky./Louisville Collegiate) on the near post. Anderson tapped the ball into the cage to give the Tigers the lead, 1-0.

The Generals tied the game five minutes later. Stefanic received the ball at midfield on the near side, and dribbled past multiple defenders to reach the scoring circle. Once there, the junior ripped a shot off of Fignar's pads and into the cage. The Tigers regained a one-goal advantage at the 28:21 mark, when Anderson tallied her second goal of the contest off a penalty corner.

The Blue and White led in shots, 17-10, while Sewanee held a 7-5 advantage in penalty corners.

The Generals return to ODAC play on Saturday when they host Randolph-Macon at 12:00 pm for senior day.

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