LEXINGTON, Va. — With three goals in the final 30 minutes on Saturday at the W&L Turf Field, the Washington and Lee field hockey team earned a 3-1 victory over Johns Hopkins. It marked the first win against the Blue Jays (1-1) in program history.
Down 1-0 with 32:48 left in the game, the Generals (1-0) tied the game four minutes later. Senior forward Candice Stefanic (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) fired a shot from eight-yards out, but it was blocked by first-year goalkeeper Greta Helvie (Bethlehem, Pa./Moravian Academy). The rebound landed right at the feet of sophomore forward Maggie Waxter (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School), and she stuffed it into the back of the goal.
Four minutes later, Stefanic was one-on-one with the goalkeeper, and after her first shot was stopped, she collected the ricochet and curled the ball around a diving Helvie to give W&L a 2-1 lead. The Generals put the game away with 21:38 left on the clock when senior midfielder Lindsey Purpura (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth) converted a penalty stroke to reach the final margin, 3-1.
Junior goalkeeper Megan Axelrod (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver School) kept the Blue and White in the contest by making 10 saves, including nine in the opening half. Helvie finished the day with seven saves.
The Blue Jays scored their lone goal three minutes into the second stanza. Senior midfielder Lucy Woodrow (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy) collected a pass from sophomore midfielder Lindsey Adams (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) and beat a diving Axelrod on the far side.
Johns Hopkins took more shots than W&L, 16-15, while holding an 11-6 advantage in the first half. The Generals controlled the tempo in the second and totaled nine shots compared to five for the Blue Jays.
The Blue and White came into the contest 0-10 all-time against JHU. This also marked the first win in a season-opener for the team since 2011, and the first time it won its home opener since 2008.
W&L next plays at Transylvania on Tuesday at 7:00 pm.
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