Tucker Carries W&L Field Hockey to 4-3 OT Win at Shenandoah

Tucker Carries W&L Field Hockey to 4-3 OT Win at Shenandoah

WINCHESTER, Va. — Junior forward Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine's School) tallied the game-tying goal with 2:57 left in regulation, and then scored the game-winner just 2:22 into overtime to lead the Washington and Lee field hockey team to a 4-3 victory at Shenandoah on Wednesday.

In the waning minutes of the second half facing a 3-2 deficit, the Generals (8-4, 4-0 ODAC) went on a counter attack. Junior forward Annalise Thole (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) dribbled the ball into the circle, and then passed it to her left to Tucker. Tucker then made one touch and pushed the ball past the keeper to tie the game, 3-3.

W&L was awarded a penalty corner two minutes overtime, and took the corner from the far side of the goal. Sophomore defender Olivia Hewitt (St. Louis, Mo./Visitation Academy) passed it straight ahead to Tucker just outside the circle.

Tucker struck the ball toward the goal, but it was blocked. She corralled her own rebound and this time her shot put the ball into the back of the cage to give the Blue and White the victory. Tucker now has a career-best 11 goals this season, and has totaled 10 goals in her last four games.

W&L led in shots, 9-4, and had a 6-2 advantage in penalty corners. Junior goalkeeper Ariyel Yavalar (Baltimore, Md./Garrison Forest School) saw all 72:24 of action, but did not register a save. First-year goalkeeper Isabella Morande played the full game and made one save.

First-year forward Lauren Paolano (Huntington, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) tallied the Generals first goal of the game in the 32nd minute to tie the contest, 1-1. It marked her eighth of the season.

The Hornets (7-6, 1-2 ODAC) regained a one-goal advantage, 2-1, off the stick of junior forward Kayla Alderman 2:12 into the second half. Senior forward Maggie Sands (Glen Arm, Md./Notre Dame Prep) knotted the game at 2-2 by converting her second penalty stroke of the season just two minutes later. Shenandoah took a 3-2 lead with 22:49 left in the second half on a goal by senior forward Morgan Lingo.

W&L has won seven of its last eight contests, and is now 5-1 when games go to overtime this season.

The Generals return to action on Friday, when they play at Dickinson at 3:30 pm.

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