Waxter Tallies Hat Trick in 5-4 OT Win Over R-MC

Waxter Tallies Hat Trick in 5-4 OT Win Over R-MC

LEXINGTON, Va. — Junior forward Maggie Waxter (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) tallied the final three goals of the contest to lead the Washington and Lee field hockey team to a 5-4 overtime victory over Randolph-Macon on Saturday at the W&L Turf Field.

The Generals (8-6, 4-1 ODAC) trailed 4-2 with 32:53 left in the contest, but Waxter trimmed the deficit to 4-3 on a goal in the 46th minute. The ball was passed into the circle to Waxter, but her first shot was stopped by Yellow Jackets' (9-7, 1-4 ODAC) sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Stanley (Bumpass, Va./Louisa County). Waxter then stuffed the rebound into the cage for the tally.

The Blue and White evened the score (4-4) with 9:02 left in the second half. First-year forward Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine's School) sent a long ball along with baseline toward the cage, and Waxter redirected the ball into the cage for her second tally of the game.

The teams remained tied at 4-4 for the remainder of the second half to force overtime. W&L won the contest two minutes into the extra stanza on Waxter's third goal. The ball was played into the circle, with Stanley deflecting the pass. Waxter corralled the ball and pushed it into the far side of the cage for the game-winner, which was the 11th goal of the season for the junior.

This marked the third career-hat trick for Waxter, becoming only the second player in W&L history to register three hat tricks. Sallie Armstrong '10 is the only other player in program history to achieve the feat three times. Waxter moved her career goals total to 26, which tied her for fourth in W&L history with Kendall Korte '08.

The Generals led in shots, 29-7, and in penalty corners, 13-4. Stanley finished the contest with 12 saves in 72:12. First-year goalkeeper Ariyel Yavalar (Baltimore, Md./Garrison Forest School) and sophomore Jacqueline Llewellyn (Camp Hill, Pa./Camp Hill) split time in goal for W&L. Yavalar played the first half, making two saves. Llewellyn played the final 37:12 and stopped one shot.

The Yellow Jackets scored the first two goals of the contest off of penalty corners in the opening  14 minutes. Junior midfielder Kaitee Nicholas (Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood) notched the opening tally and senior midfielder Mackenzie Turner (Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood) had the second.

At the 19:52 mark, junior midfielder Kendall Peterson (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) notched W&L's first goal off an assist from Tucker. It marked Peterson's first score of the season. R-MC sophomore forward Haley McMahon (Fredericksburg, Va./Riverbend) tallied a goal with 47 seconds left in the half to push the lead to 3-1, but first-year midfielder Audrey Brady (Far Hills, N.J./Brooks School) scored with no time on the clock to bring the score to 3-2.

The Generals return to action on Tuesday, when they play at Virginia Wesleyan at 3:30 pm.

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