LEXINGTON, Va. — Junior forward Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine's School) registered three goals and an assist to propel the Washington and Lee field hockey team to an 8-3 victory over Randolph-Macon on Saturday at the W&L Turf Field.
The Generals (7-4, 3-0 ODAC) scored the first two goals of the game in the opening eight minutes. Sophomore forward Lauren Paolano (Huntington, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) struck first off a corner 49 seconds into the game. Sophomore defender Olivia Hewitt (St. Louis, Mo./Visitation Academy) inserted the ball to the top of the circle, and Paolano fired it into the cage to give W&L a 1-0 lead.
Tucker pushed the score to 2-0 seven minutes later. Paolano controlled the ball on the far side of the circle before sending a centering pass in the direction of Tucker. Junior forward Annalise Thole (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) tipped the ball over to Tucker, and then Tucker made one move around the goalkeeper for the tally.
The Yellow Jackets (4-7, 1-3 ODAC) trimmed the deficit to one (2-1) on a goal by first-year forward Maria Teresa Ambrogi-Torres in the 21st minute, but Thole answered with her second tally of the year off an assist from first-year forward Caroline Caruso (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) in the 33rd minute to give the Blue and White a 3-1 advantage at intermission.
Paolano notched her second goal of the game just 3:22 into the second half, but R-MC trimmed the lead to 4-2 a minute later on a goal by senior forward Victoria Cappadora. Hewitt recorded her first collegiate goal six minutes later off an assist from senior forward Grace Bowen (Hampton, Va./Hampton Roads Academy) to extend the lead to 5-2.
In the 60th minute, the Yellow Jackets tallied their last goal, as Ambrogi-Torres added her second of the contest. The Generals reached the final margin of 8-3 by scoring three times in the final seven minutes.
Tucker notched her second goal with 7:01 left in the second half, and then assisted on first-year forward Grace Amaden's (East Hampton, N.Y./East Hampton) second goal the season with 2:59 left on the clock. Tucker then recorded her second hat trick this season, as she dribbled through the R-MC defense to beat the keeper one on one just 19 seconds after Amaden's tally.
Tucker becomes just the sixth W&L player to have multiple hat tricks in her career, and just the third to do it multiple times in the same season. She now has 27 goals in her career, which marks the fifth-most in program history. The seven points she totaled in the contest are tied for the fourth-most in a single game in W&L history.
Junior goalkeeper Ariyel Yavalar (Baltimore, Md./Garrison Forest School) played the full 70 minutes for the Generals, stopping two shots and allowing three goals. Randolph-Macon sophomore Ariel Salerno also saw 70 minutes of action, making nine saves.
The Blue and White dominated possession, taking 28 shots compared to six for the Yellow Jackets. W&L also held an 11-3 advantage in penalty corners. The eight goals mark the most for team this season.
The Generals have won six of their last seven games. The team next travels to Shenandoah on Wednesday for a 4:00 pm contest.
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