Yavalar Breaks Career Saves Record, But No. 20 Generals Fall, 3-1, to Denison

Ariyel Yavalar '19 makes a save

LEXINGTON, Va. — Denison tallied two goals in the final seven minutes of the game to upend the 20th-ranked Washington and Lee field hockey team, 3-1, on Sunday at the W&L Turf Field.

The Big Red (3-1) held a 1-0 lead at halftime, but with just over 13 minutes left in the game, the Generals (1-3) pushed the ball down the field on a counter attack. Sophomore midfielder Caroline Caruso (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) controlled the ball near the end line on the right side, moving toward the goal.

Caruso fed a pass to junior forward Lauren Paolano (Huntington, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) at the center of the circle. Paolano quickly struck a shot at the cage, which deflected off the goalkeeper and into the goal to tie the contest, 1-1.

Denison regained a one-goal edge in the 64th minute off a penalty corner. First-year defender AC Veith inserted the ball to the top of the circle, and then sophomore defender Abby Scully fired a shot that beat senior goalkeeper Ariyel Yavalar (Baltimore, Md./Garrison Forest School).

Yavalar made countless plays during the contest that kept the Blue and White within striking distance. Over the course of the game, she stopped 10 shots, including a one-on-one breakaway.

With the 10 saves, Yavalar set a new program career saves record. She now has 299 saves in 59 games. She broke the record of Kirsten Kyne '13, who finished her career with 290.

The Big Red added one final tally with 2:18 remaining in the game. Veith recorded the goal off a feed from sophomore defender Michelle Kabaira. Sophomore goalkeeper Teya Adams made one save for Denison in 70 minutes. The Big Red led in shots, 18-3, and held an 11-1 advantage in penalty corners.

The Generals return to action on Saturday, when they play at Elizabethtown at 1:00 pm.

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