LEXINGTON, Va. — Shenandoah senior forward Ashley Cross (Agawam, Mass./Agawam) converted a penalty stroke with 1:59 left in overtime to give the Hornets a 2-1 victory over the Washington and Lee field hockey team on Saturday at the W&L Turf Field.
The Generals (7-6, 1-3 ODAC) trailed 1-0 for a majority of the contest, but tied the game with less than four minutes remaining in regulation. With 3:11 left on the clock, sophomore forward Maggie Waxter (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) passed the ball across the circle, and senior forward Candice Stefanic (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) stuffed it into the back of the cage to even the score, 1-1.
W&L controlled the first eight minutes of overtime, taking two shots on two penalty corners, but Shenandoah (9-4, 4-0 ODAC) maintained possession over the final five minutes.
The Hornets were awarded a penalty corner with 2:07 left in the overtime, which led to the deciding goal. SU inserted the ball into play, and then there was a collision at the top of the circle, which led to a penalty stroke being called for SU. Cross beat first-year goalkeeper Jacqueline Llewellyn (Camp Hill, Pa. / Camp Hill) inside the near post to tally the sudden victory goal.
The Generals took 20 shots in the contest compared to just eight for Shenandoah. W&L also led in penalty corners, 10-8. The Hornets scored a goal on their only shot of the first half off the stick of junior midfielder Kelani Bailey (Norfolk, Va./Maury).
Junior goalkeeper Megan Axelrod (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver School) allowed one goal without making a save in 35 minutes. Llewellyn stopped three shots in 48:01, while giving up the game-winner. First-year Jenna Rampale (Lindenhurst, Ill./Lakes Community) made 11 saves in 83:01.
The Generals return to action when they host Eastern Mennonite on Tuesday at 7:00 pm.
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