Tucker Carries W&L Field Hockey to a 5-0 Win Over EMU

Haley Tucker

LEXINGTON, Va. – Senior forward Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va. / St. Catherine's School) tied a career-high with seven points, all scored in the first half, to lift the Washington and Lee field hockey team to a 5-0 victory over Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday evening at the W&L Turf Field.

Tucker had a hand in all four General (4-5, 2-0) goals during the opening 35 minutes, as W&L carried a 4-0 advantage into the intermission.  She opened the scoring at the 6:05 mark after sophomore midfielder Caroline Caruso (Millersville, Md. / Archbishop Spalding) crossed a ball into the box, which was redirected into goal by Tucker. 

Tucker made it 2-0 just 35 seconds later when she played a shot from the middle of the circle to the left side of goal, beating EMU (6-4, 0-2) senior goalkeeper Kelsey Troyer.

She produced a third goal at the 20:28 mark, collecting the rebound off of a saved shot taken by senior forward Annalise Thole (Huntingtown, Md. / Huntingtown) off of a penalty corner.  She once again beat Troyer to tie a career-high for goals scored.

W&L's final goal of the first half came at the 24:42 mark when Tucker sent a cross in front of goal that was tipped in by sophomore forward Caroline Grace (Warwick, R.I. / Phillips Exeter Academy).

W&L sent 14 shots towards cage in the second half, adding a fifth goal scored by junior forward Lauren Paolano (Huntington, N.Y. / Cold Spring Harbor).  Paolano took two shots point-blank that were saved by Troyer, but slipped a third shot home for the final margin.

All told, W&L held a 27-4 advantage in shots and a 4-2 edge in penalty corners.  Senior goalkeeper Ariyel Yavalar (Baltimore, Md. / Garrison Forest School) stopped two shots in goal for her 13th career shutout, setting a new W&L program record.  She topped the mark (12) previously held by Courtney Harrison '06.

Troyer posted 16 saves in goal for the Royals, including 11 in the second half.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Bridgewater for a 6:00 pm contest.

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