Tucker's OT Game-Winner Leads W&L Field Hockey Past No. 14 UMW, 2-1

Tucker's OT Game-Winner Leads W&L Field Hockey Past No. 14 UMW, 2-1

LEXINGTON, Va. — Junior forward Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine's School) tallied the game-winning goal with 6:53 left in overtime to give the Washington and Lee field hockey team a 2-1 victory over 14th-ranked Mary Washington on Wednesday at the W&L Turf Field.

The two teams entered the extra period evened at one goal apiece. With seven minutes remaining in the stanza, the Generals (4-3) went on a counter attack with Tucker leading the break. It appeared the ball got away from Tucker, as she slipped near the end line in the circle on the left side.

Tucker quickly recovered and eluded an Eagles' (5-2) defender, as she dribbled toward the cage. Tucker then fired a shot toward the far post, which which beat the keeper to give the Blue and White the win. It marked her first goal of the season, and the sixth game-winning goal of her career.

UMW took more shots than the Blue and White in the contest, 22-15, but W&L put more attempts on goal, 13-9. Junior goalkeeper Ariyel Yavalar (Baltimore, Md./Garrison Forest School) stopped eight shots in 78:07 to push her career total to 198 to tie Megan Axelrod '15 for fourth on the W&L all-time list. Caroline Habliston '10 is third all-time with 199 saves.

The Generals took a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute of the first half on the fourth goal of the season for sophomore forward Lauren Paolano (Huntington, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor). First-year midfielder Abigail Hancock (Darien, Conn./Darien) had the ball on the near side of the circle. She was backing down her defender toward the cage, and then turned and sealed the UMW goalkeeper behind her and fired a shot to the far post.

Mary Washington junior defender Mackenzie Burnett was standing at the post to make a defensive save, but Paolano stuffed the rebound into the cage to give W&L a 1-0 advantage. The Eagles tied the game 1:36 into the second half. Sophomore forward Lexie Dixson played the ball from the far side of the field into the circle, and first-year midfielder Bella Urcia quickly redirected the ball into the cage to tie the contest, 1-1.

The win is the third in a row for the Blue and White and the first over a ranked opponent since W&L defeated 10th-ranked Lynchburg, 3-1, on October 3, 2015. This is the first win for W&L against Mary Washington since a 4-2 victory on October 3, 2010.

The Generals return to action on Saturday, when they play at 17th-ranked Christopher Newport at 1:00 pm.

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