Field Hockey at Eastern Mennonite

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The W&L field hockey team saw its season come to an end as it dropped a 6-0 decision to the top-seeded Royals of Eastern Mennonite in the semifinals of the ODAC tournament on Wednesday evening.

The Generals (10-9) found themselves down 1-0 just 3:22 into the contest on an unassisted goal by the Royals’ Alyssa Derstine. Eastern Mennonite stretched its lead to 2-0 at the break when Julie Denlinger scored off a feed from Kate Cimini at the 33:55 mark.

In the second half, EMU received three goals from Cimini and one from Valerie Landis as they improved to 14-4 on the season.

Junior goalkeeper Caroline Habliston (St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) played all 70 minutes in goal for the Generals and was credited with eight saves, while junior Grace McGee (Virginia Beach, Va./Floyd E. Kellam) recorded two defensive saves and sophomore Jennie Norcini (Wayne, Pa./Episcopal) added one.

 EMU keeper Becky Nolt also played the duration and recorded three saves. W&L finishes the 2008 season with an overall record of 10-9, its fourth-straight winning campaign.

Eastern Mennonite will take on the winner of the Lynchburg vs. Bridgewater contest for the ODAC Championship on Saturday .

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Scoring Summary:
EMU - Alyssa Derstine (unassisted): 3:22
EMU - Julie Denlinger (Kate Cimini): 33:55
EMU - Kate Cimini (unassisted): 46:53
EMU - Valerie Landis (Alyssa Derstine): 57:49
EMU - Kate Cimini (unassisted): 59:04
EMU - Kate Cimini (Julie Denlinger):64:10

Goalkeepers:
Caroline Habliston (W&L) - 70:00, 6 goals against, 8 saves
Becky Noly (EMU) - 70:00, 0 goals against, 3 saves

Team Stats:
W&L - 14 shots, 16 penalty corners, 11 saves
EMU - 20 shots, 13 penalty corners, 5 saves

Field Hockey vs. Virginia Wesleyan

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The W&L field hockey team, behind a balanced offensive attack and a stout defense, defeated Virginia Wesleyan, 5-1, on Saturday, to advance to the semifinal round of the ODAC Tournament.

W&L jumped out to a 1-0 lead when junior Sallie Armstrong (Houston, St. John’s), one of seven Generals to notch at least one point, scored an unassisted goal at the 4:32 mark. Senior Christina Merchant (Midlothian, Va./Collegiate) scored the first of her two goals off an assist from senior Melissa Dolan (Centennial, Colo./Kent Denver) to give W&L a 2-0 advantage at 18:50.

Merchant struck again in the 21st minute when she deposited a pass from senior Liz Garson (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) past VWC’s first-year keeper Chelsea Baker (Norfolk, Va,Granby) to extend the Generals’ lead to 3-0.

Sophomore Poppy Hall (Towson, Md./Garrison Forest) made it a four-goal advantage at the break when she redirected a shot from classmate Jennie Norcini (Wayne, Pa./Episcopal) for her third goal of the season at the 24:04 mark.

Garson made it a 5-0 game in the 44th minute when she took a feed from sophomore Emily Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) and sent it past the Marlins’ Kiera Mowery (Virginia Beach. Va./Tallwood). For Mathews, it was her team-leading eighth assist of the season.

VWC got on the board in the 65th minute when junior Whitney King (Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood) put a loose ball past W&L junior keeper Caroline Habliston (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes). Habliston played the entire contest in the cage for the Generals and registered five saves. Norcini added a defensive save, while junior Grace McGee (Virginia Beach, Va./Floyd E. Kellam) and first-year Lizz Dye (Houston, Texas/Episcopal) added two apiece.

The Generals will take on top-seeded Eastern Mennonite, 10-0 winners over Sweet Briar, in the ODAC semifinals on Wednesday. Game time has yet to be determined.

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Scoring Summary:
W&L - Sallie Armstrong (unassisted): 4:32
W&L - Christina Merchant (Meliss Dolan): 18:50
W&L - Christina Merchan (Liz Garson): 20:40
W&L - Poppy Hall (Jennie Norcini): 24:04
W&L - Liz Garson (Emily Mathews): 43:40
VWC - Whitney King (unassisted): 64.20

Goalkeepers:
Caroline Habliston (W&L) - 70:00, 1 goal against, 5 saves
Chelsea Baker (VWC) - 56:48, 4 goals allowed, 14 saves
Kieara Mowery (VWC) - 13:12, 1 goal allowed, 2 saves

Team Stats:
W&L - 31 shots, 13 penalty corners, 10 saves
VWC - 10 shots, 9 penalty corners, 17 saves

Field Hockey vs. Christopher Newport

LEXINGTON, Va. – The W&L field hockey team, playing in its last regular season game, received two goals and an assist from junior Sallie Armstrong (Houston, Texas/St. John’s) on its way to upsetting No. 17 Christopher Newport, 3-2 in overtime, on Sunday afternoon.

Following Saturday’s four-goal effort, Armstrong picked up where she left off and gave W&L (9-8) an early 1-0 lead on the Captains (11-5) when she scored unassisted at the 17:20 mark.

The scored would remain at 1-0 in favor of the Generals until CNU junior Kim Tomlin (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown) scored at the 44:33 mark to knot the score at 1-1. CNU took a 2-1 lead when junior Anne Gehring (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) put a ball past the Generals’ Caroline Habliston (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) at the 50:13 mark. Tomlin assisted on the goal for the Captains.

With under five minutes remaining in the contest, it was Armstrong who once again tallied for the Generals as she scored an unassisted goal at he 64:58 mark to pull W&L even at 2-2.

With neither team able to find the go-ahead goal in the game’s final minutes, the teams prepared for overtime. In the extra period, it was sophomore Emily Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) who netted the game-winner following a pass from Armstrong to send W&L to its ninth win of the season.

W&L was outshot 19-11, but Habliston came up with five saves, four of them in the second half, and sophomore Jennie Norcini (Wayne, Pa./Episcopal) added a defensive save.

 W&L will now await word on who it will play in the ODAC Tournament, beginning on Saturday. W&L will host a first-round game by virtue of its fourth-place finish in the league.

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Scoring Summary:
W&L – Sallie Armstrong (unassisted): 17:20
CNU – Kim Tomlin (unassisted): 44:33
CNU – Anne Gehring (Tomlin): 50:13
W&L – Sallie Armstrong (unassisted) 64:58
W&L – Emily Mathews (Armstrong): 74:25

Goalkeepers:
Caroline Habliston (W&L): 74:25, 2 goals against, 5 saves
Emma Stout (CNU): 74:25, 3 goals against, 2 saves

Team Stats:
W&L – 11 shots, 5 penalty corners, 6 saves
CNU – 19 shots, 16 penalty corners, 2 saves

Field Hockey vs. Sweet Briar

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Sallie Armstrong’s (Houston, Texas/St. John’s) career day highlighted what was a 5-1 victory for the W&L field hockey team over visiting Sweet Briar.

Armstrong scored four goals, all in the first half, to tie the single-game goals record at W&L. With the four goals, Armstrong also moved into sole possession of second place all-time at W&L in both points (86) and goals (36). Additionally, her first goal of the game came just 22 seconds into the game, making it the fastest goal scored in W&L history.

W&L (8-8, 5-2 ODAC) jumped on the Vixens early when senior Christina Merchant (Midlothian, Va./Collegiate) fed Armstrong for her first goal less than 30 seconds in. The Generals struck again in the fifth minute when Armstrong scored off a corner, courtesy of passes from senior Louise Bance (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine’s) and sophomore Emily Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr). At the 31:57 mark, Armstrong again scored off a penalty corner, this time courtesy of Bance and first-year Christina Benedetti.

Armstrong’s first half barrage ended when she tallied her fourth and final goal following a feed from sophomore Poppy Hall (Towson, Md./Garrison Forest) with three seconds remaining in the period.

Senior Melissa Dolan (Centennial, Colo./Kent Denver) capped the scoring for W&L when she netted an unassisted marker at the 67:40 mark.

The Vixens’ (4-8, 0-6) Lindsay Eneguess scored an unassisted goal with just over a minute remaining to account for the final score.

W&L outshot SBC 27-3, including an 18-2 advantage in shots on goal. Junior keeper Caroline Habliston (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes) played the duration in the cage and notched one save for the Generals. First-year Madeline Wilson made 13 saves for the Vixens.

W&L wraps up the regular season on Sunday, when its hosts Christopher Newport at 2:00 pm.

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Scoring Summary:
W&L - Sallie Armstrong (Christina Merchant): 00:22
W&L - Sallie Armstrong (Louise Bance, Emily Mathews): 4:27
W&L - Sallie Armstrong (Christina Benedetti, Bance): 31:57
W&L - Sallie Armstrong (Poppy Hall): 34:57
W&L - Melissa Dolan (unassisted): 67:40
SBC - Lindsay Eneguess (unassisted): 68:49

Goalkeepers:
Caroline Habliston (W&L) - 70:00, 1 goal against, 1 save
Madeline Wilson (SBC) - 70:00, 5 goals against, 13 saves

Team Stats:
W&L - 27 shots, 8 penalty corners, 1 save
SBC - 3 shots, 1 penalty corner, 13 saves

Field Hockey at Randolph-Macon

ASHLAND, Va. – The W&L field hockey team dropped to 7-8 on the season and 4-2 in the ODAC with a 3-1 loss at Randolph-Macon on Wednesday.

The Yellow Jackets (7-8, 5-1) opened the scoring at the 6:41 mark when Mary McCarthy scored off a feed from Kendall Lam to make it 1-0 RMC.

W&L answered at the 9:34 mark courtesy of a Stephanie Mansey (Mendham, N.J./Randolph) pass that found senior Christina Merchant (Midlothian, Va./Collegiate) who was able to put it past RMC keeper, Ashley Crouch.

The Yellow Jackets took a 2-1 lead just before the half on a Jill Dixon marker, courtesy of a pass from Alison Wheeler, and added and insurance goal early in the second period when McCarthy scored unassisted.

Junior Caroline Habliston (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) played the entire game in the cage for the Generals and was credited with 10 saves as RMC outshot W&L 21-15.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Sweet Briar at 2:00 pm.

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Scoring Summary:
RMC – Mary McCarthy (Kendall Lam): 6:41
W&L – Christina Benedetti (Stephanie Mansey): 9:34
RMC – Jill Dixon (Alison Wheeler): 32:12
RMC – Mary McCarthy (Unassisted): 35:30

Goalkeepers:
Caroline Habliston (W&L): 70:00, 3 goals against, 10 saves
Ashley Crouch (RMC): 70:00, 1 goal against, 10 saves

Team Stats:
W&L – 15 shots, 11 penalty corners, 10 saves
RMC – 21 shots, 10 penalty corners, 10 saves

Field Hockey vs. Sewanee

LEXINGTON, Va. – The W&L field hockey dropped a 2-0 decision to Sewanee on Sunday afternoon. With the loss the Generals fall back to .500 on the year at 7-7, while Sewanee improves to 8-6.

The first half was played as evenly as one would expect from a pair of teams entering the contest with identical 7-6 records, with neither team able to net a goal despite several opportunities for both sides.

The Tigers opened the scoring at the 46:18 mark when senior Claiborne Buckingham (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) scored off a penalty corner. Senior Elizabeth Wilber (Gettysburg, Pa./Mercersburg Academy) was credited with the assist. Sewanee’s second goal came at the 51:00 minute mark when senior Lynn Hancock (Paris, Ky./Foxcroft) scored off an assist from sophomore Caitlyn McNaughton (Middleburg, Va./Foxcroft).

W&L, despite holding a 20-6 advantage in shots, was unable to net a goal, as Sewanee senior Clarkie Crawford (Louisville, Ky./Collegiate) made eight saves for the Tigers. Junior Caroline Habliston (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) was credited with two saves for the Generals.

W&L is in action on Wednesday when it travels to Randolph-Macon for a 4:00 pm game.

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Scoring Summary:
SEW – Claiborne Buckingham (Elizabeth Wilber): 46:18
SEW – Lynn Hancock (Caitlyn Mc Naughton): 51:00

Goalkeepers:
Caroline Habliston (W&L): 70:00, 2 goals against, 2 saves
Clarkie Crawford (SEW): 70:00, 0 goals against, 8 saves

Team Stats:
W&L – 20 shots, 8 penalty corners, 2 saves
SEW – 6 shots, 4 penalty corners, 8 saves

Field Hockey vs. Virginia Wesleyan

LEXINGTON, Va. -- A four-goal first half fueled W&L’s field hockey team to its fourth consecutive win, a 5-1 decision over Virginia Wesleyan.

Junior Sallie Armstrong (Houston, Texas/St. John’s) put the Generals on board early when she netted an unassisted goal just 1:33 into the game. W&L (7-6, 3-1 ODAC) added to its early lead when senior Christina Merchant (Midlothian, Va./Collegiate) also netted an unassisted marker at the 3:41 mark.

First-year Christina Benedetti’s (Derwood, Md./Holy Cross) goal at the 21:26 mark, following a pass from Merchant, prompted a change in goal for the Marlins (2-12, 2-3) as sophomore Kieara Mowery (Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood) replaced first-year Chelsea Baker (Norfolk, Va./Granby).

Sophomore Kathy Brown (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) concluded the first-half scoring when she scored unassisted at the 33:11 mark. W&L’s fifth goal came at the 62:06 mark when senior Melissa Dolan (Centennial, Colo./Kent Denver) scored unassisted.

It looked as though junior keeper Caroline Habliston (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) would get her first shutout of the season, until VWC’s Whitney King (Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood) slipped a ball past Habliston with just three seconds remaining on the clock. For the game, Habliston made four saves while Mowery had seven and Baker three for the Marlins.

During their four-game winning streak, the Generals have outshot their opponents 94-30, while outscoring them 14-6.

 W&L returns to action on Sunday when it host Sewanee at 1:00 pm.

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Scoring Summary:
W&L - Sallie Armstrong (unassisted): 1:33
W&L - Christina Merchant (unassisted): 3:41
W&L - Christina Benedetti (Merchant): 21:26
W&L - Kathy Brown (unassisted): 33:11
W&L - Melissa Dolan (unassisted): 62:06
VWC - Whitney King (unassisted): 69:57

Goalkeepers:
Caroline Habliston (W&L): 70:00, 4 saves, 1 GA
Chelsea Baker (VWC): 15:00, 3 saves, 3 GA
Kieara Mowery (VWC): 52:06, 7 saves, 2 GA

Team Stats:
W&L - 23 shots, 5 penalty corners, 4 saves
VWC - 9 shots, 5 penalty corner, 10 saves

Field Hockey at Bridgewater

BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- The W&L Field Hockey team defeated Bridgewater, 3-1, on Tuesday afternoon to even its overall record at 6-6 while improving to 3-1 in the ODAC. With the loss Bridgewater slips to 7-8 on the season and 1-4 in league play.

W&L held a 25-4 advantage in shots on its way to scoring three goals for the fifth time in its last six games.

First-year Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Holy Cross) opened the scoring for the Generals when she netted her third goal of the season off an assist from senior Louise Bance (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine’s). W&L pushed its lead to 2-0 at the break when sophomore Poppy Hall (Towson, Md./Garrison Forest) scored following a feed from senior Stephanie Mansey (Mendham, N.J./Randolph).

The Generals extended the lead to 3-0 when sophomore Kathy Brown (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) fed junior Sallie Armstrong (Houston, Texas/St. John’s) at the 43:45 mark. For Armstrong, it was her seventh goal of the season and her fourth in the last three games.

Bridgewater got on the board with just over 22 minutes remaining when Kristin Combs was able to slip an unassisted goal past junior keeper Caroline Habliston (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes).

Habliston earned the win as she played the duration in the cage and recorded two saves. Elizabeth Sullivan notched eight saves for the Eagles.

W&L returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Virginia Wesleyan at 1:30 pm.

Field Hockey vs. Kenyon

LEXINGTON, Va. – The W&L field hockey team scored with no time remaining to eke out a 3-2 win over visiting Kenyon College and improve to 5-6 on the season.

Following a penalty corner at the tail end of regulation, W&L was granted a second corner after time had expired as Kenyon had failed to clear the first one. Given a second chance, W&L made Kenyon pay as sophomore Poppy Hall (Towson, Md./Garrison Forest) put a pass from sophomore Jennie Norcini (Wayne, Pa./Episcopal) into the back of the cage with no time remaining to propel the Generals to the 3-2 victory. For Hall, it was her first goal of the season, while Norcini was also credited with a defensive save.

W&L had jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 20:25 mark when junior Sallie Armstrong (Houston, Texas/St. John’s) notched her team-leading sixth goal of the season.

The Ladies answered when first-year Abby Westcott (Lake Forest, Ill./St. Andrew’s) put a ball past junior Caroline Habliston (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) to make it 1-1 heading to the break.

Kenyon would go up 2-1 in the second half when sophomore Sophia Daly (Baltimore, Md./Garrison Forest) scored off an assist from senior Jenny Howard (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) at the 45:27 mark.

However, the Generals answered quickly when senior Liz Garson (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) ripped a shot past KC’s Karen Thompson (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) following a pass from Armstrong.

Despite several opportunities for both teams in the waning minutes, neither team could push across the game-winner until Hall’s heroics at the end.

For the game, the Generals outshot the Ladies 23-9 and held an 11-2 advantage in corners.

W&L is in action on Tuesday when travels to Bridgewater for a 4:00 pm game.

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Scoring Summary:
W&L - Sallie Armstrong (unassisted):20:25
KC - Abby Westcott (unassisted): 32:13
KC - Sophia Daly (Jenny Howard): 45:27
W&L - Liz Garson (Sallie Armstrong): 46:32
W&L - Poppy Hall (Jennie Norcini):70:00

Goalkeepers:
Caroline Habliston (W&L): 70:00, 2 GA, 3 saves
Karen Thompson (KC): 70:00, 3 GA, 7 saves

Team Stats:
W&L - 23 shots, 11 penalty corners, 4 saves
KC - 9 shots, 2 penalty corners, 7 saves

Field Hockey at Roanoke

SALEM, Va. -- The W&L field hockey team built a 3-0 lead early in the second half, and then withstood a late Roanoke rally to defeat the Maroons, 3-2, on Thursday evening at Kerr Stadium.

First-year forward Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Holy Cross) opened the scoring with an unassisted goal, her second of the season, at the 10:19 mark. Junior forward Sallie Armstrong (Houston, Texas/St. John’s) followed with first of her two goals at the 34:31 mark to put the Generals (4-6, 2-1 ODAC) up 2-0 at the break.

Armstrong struck again with her seventh goal of the season just 2:09 into the second half to give W&L a 3-0 lead. Senior forward Christina Merchant (Midlothian, Va./Collegiate) recorded the assist.

The Maroons (1-10, 0-4) would score twice in a 12 minute span midway through the second period on goals by junior Mariah Vietri (Jamestown, R.I./Rocky Hill) and first-year Jordan McIninch (Lanexa, Va./New Kent) to trim W&L’s advantage to one with under 14 minutes remaining. Roanoke could not find the equalizer however, and W&L went on to win for the third time in its last four games.

The Generals outshot Roanoke 23-8 and were awarded 14 penalty corners to just three for the Maroons.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Sunday when it hosts Kenyon at 11:00 am.

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Scoring Summary:
W&L - Christina Benedetti (unassisted): 10:19
W&L - Sallie Armstrong (unassisted): 34:31
W&L - Sallie Armstrong (Christina Merchant): 37:09
ROA - MariahVietri (unassisted): 44:58
ROA - Jordan McIninch (unassisted): 56:06

Goalkeeping:
Caroline Habliston (W&L): 70:00, 2 GA, 1 save
Cristina Scichilone (ROA): 70:00, 3 GA, 3 saves

Team Stats:
W&L - 23 shots, 14 penalty corners, 1 save
ROA - 8 shots, 3 penalty corners, 3 saves

Field Hockey vs. Mary Washington

LEXINGTON, Va. – Looking to extend its two-game winning streak, the W&L field hockey team fell, 2-1, to Mary Washington on Sunday afternoon.

A scoreless first half turned into a flurry of offense in the second, as all three goals were scored in a five minute span. UWM (6-4) got on the board first when junior Chelsea Brown (Medford Lakes, N.J./Shawnee) put a ball past W&L junior keeper Caroline Habliston (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) at the 45:18 mark.

The 1-0 lead was short lived, as the Generals responded at 49:42 with sophomore Kathy Brown’s (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) first goal of the season off an assist from sophomore Emily Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr).

UMW would score the game-winner roughly a minute later when junior Sarah Trimble (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) found the back of the cage. Sophomore Emma Jones (Yorktown, Va./York) assisted on both goals for the Eagles.

Habliston made three saves for the Generals, while sophomore Chrissy Bowdren (Fairfax Station, Va./Robinson) made seven for the Eagles.

Washington and Lee returns to action with a trip to Roanoke on Thursday for a 6:30 pm game.

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Scoring Summary:
UMW- Chelsea Brown (Emma Jones): 45:18
W&L – Kathy Brown (Emily Mathews): 49:42
UMW – Sarah Trimble (Emma Jones): 50:46

Goalkeepers:
Caroline Habliston (W&L): 70:00, 2 GA, 3 saves
Chrissy Bowdren (MWU): 70:00, 1 GA, 7 saves

Team Stats:
W&L - 14 shots, 6 penalty corners, 4 saves
UMW - 7 shots, 5 penalty corners, 7 saves

Field Hockey vs. Eastern Mennonite

LEXINGTON, Va. – The W&L field hockey team scored two goals in the final 17 minutes to force overtime, where it needed just 2:08 to tally the game-winning goal and defeat Eastern Mennonite on Friday evening.

Eastern Mennonite (7-3, 2-1 ODAC) took a 1-0 lead at the 25:11 mark of the first half when Julie Denlinger notched her eighth goal of the season off a pass from Kristina Landis. EMU would go up 2-0 in the second half when Katie Cimini tallied her eighth marker at the 40:19 mark.

The Generals (3-5, 1-1) cut into the Royals’ lead at 53:46 when senior forward Christina Merchant (Midlothian, Va./Collegiate) scored off a feed from senior defender Liz Garson (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) to make it 2-1 in favor of EMU. Less than five minutes later W&L tied the game at two, when Stephanie Mansey (Mendham, N.J./Randolph) put a ball past EMU keeper Becky Nolt following a pass from first-year forward Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Holy Cross).

 In overtime, the Generals’ fifth overtime game this season, junior forward Sallie Armstrong score her fifth goal of the season on sophomore Emily Mathews’ (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) fifth assist at 72:08 to make a winner of the Blue and White.

Junior goalkeeper Caroline Habliston (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) earned the win for the Generals, making three saves on the evening as W&L was outshot 13-9. Sophomore forward Jennie Norcini (Wayne, Pa./Episcopal) notched a defensive save for Washington and Lee.

W&L returns to action on Sunday when it hosts Mary Washington at 2:00 pm.

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Scoring Summary:
EMU – Julier Denlinger (Kristina Landis): 25:11
EMU – Kate Cimini (unassisted): 40:19
W&L – Christina Merchant (Liz Garson): 53:46
W&L – Stephanie Mansey (Christina Benedetti): 58:43
W&L – Sallie Armstrong (Emily Mathews): 72:08

Goalkeepers:
Caroline Habliston (W&L) – 72:08, 2 GA, 3 saves
Becky Nolt (EMU) – 72:08, 3 GA, 1 save

Team Stats:
W&L: 9 shots, 2 corners, 4 saves
EMU: 13 shots, 4 corners, 1 save

Field Hockey vs. St. Mary's (Md.)

LEXINGTON, Va. – Junior forward Sallie Armstrong’s (Houston, Texas/St. John’s) two goals provided the spark, as the W&L field hockey team downed visiting St. Mary’s (Md.), 3-1, on Sunday afternoon. The Generals improved to 2-5 on the season with the win while St. Mary’s falls to 4-5.

Armstrong put Washington and Lee on the board just 2:17 into the game with her third goal of the season. Senior forward Christina Merchant (Midlothian, Va./Collegiate) was credited with the assist. St. Mary’s was able to knot the score at one at the 32:04 mark when, Emily Norris (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) scored an unassisted goal for the Seahawks.

In the second half, it was Armstrong with the quick goal once again as she collected a pass from sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) and put ball past Seahawk keeper Emma Lauhoff (Wayne, Pa./Radnor) at the 38:30 mark. Senior defender Liz Garson (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) added an insurance goal late in the second half off a feed from junior defender Grace McGee (Virginia Beach, Va./Floyd E. Kellam).

Junior goalkeeper Caroline Habliston (St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) played the entire game in the cage for W&L and recorded one save. The W&L defensive unit was outstanding as it limited the Seahawks to just four shots on the game. Mathews also recorded a defensive save.

In addition to a stout defensive performance, the Generals unleashed a season-high 24 shots, including 10 on goal.

The Generals return to the field on Friday as they host Eastern Mennonite at 6:30 pm.

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Scoring Summary:
W&L – Sallie Armstrong (Christina Merchant): 2:17
SM – Emily Norris (unassisted): 32:04
W&L - Sallie Armstrong (Emily Mathews):38:30
W&L – Liz Garson (Grace McGee): 52:23

Goalkeepers:
Caroline Habliston (W&L) – 70:00, 1 save, 1 GA
Emma Lauhoff (SM) – 70:00, 7 saves, 3 GA

Team Stats:
W&L – 24 shots, 11 penalty corners, 2 saves
SM – 4 shots, 2 penalty corners, 8 saves

Field Hockey at Lynchburg

LYNCHBURG, Va. – The W&L field hockey team built a 1-0 advantage by halftime, but could not hold it as Lynchburg rallied in the second half with two unanswered goals to knock off the Generals, 2-1.

Junior forward Sallie Armstrong (Houston, Texas/St. John’s) gave the Generals a 1-0 lead at the 13:16 mark when she was able to put a ball past Lynchburg’s Sarah Cates (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine). Despite Lynchburg’s 15-5 advantage in shots in the first half, the score remained 1-0 in favor of W&L at the break.

LC got on the board at 37:28, when junior forward Allie Weir (Richmond, Va./James River) scored her 11th goal of the season off an assist from junior midfielder Signey Milks (Gloucester, Va./Gloucester). The Hornets scored the game-winner at the 56:17 mark off the stick of sophomore midfielder Jennie Weir (Richmond, Va./James River). Sophomore midfielder Caitlin Gibb (North East, Md./Rising Sun) assisted on the game-winner.

Junior goalkeeper Caroline Habliston (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) kept the Generals in the game as she made eight saves on the day. The Hornets recorded 23 shots, to just five for W&L. Sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) recorded a defensive save for the Generals.

W&L returns to the field on Sunday when its hosts St. Mary’s (Md.) in a 1:00 pm game.

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 Scoring Summary:
W&L – Sallie Armstrong (unassisted): 13:16
LC – Allie Weir (Signey Milks): 37:28
LC – Jenny Weir (Caitlin Gibb): 56:17

 Goalkeepers:
Caroline Habliston: (W&L) – 70:00, 8 saves, 2 GA
Sarah Cates (LC) – 70:00, 2 saves, 1 GA

Team Stats:
W&L – 5 shots, 2 penalty corners, 9 saves
LC – 23 shots, 10 penalty corners, 1 save

Field Hockey vs. Catholic

LEXINGTON, Va. - - Junior forward Christina Merchant’s (Midlothian, Va./Collegiate) goal just 54 seconds into the first overtime period propelled the Washington and Lee field hockey team to its first win of the season, a 1-0 overtime decision over Catholic.

Merchant’s game winner was set up by sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) when she fed a pass to junior forward Sallie Armstrong (Houston, Texas/St. John’s) who let loose with a shot from the top of the circle that Merchant got a stick on and deflected past Catholic (3-2) keeper Marian Cassilly. The goal came after W&L (1-4) had been granted just its second penalty corner of the game.

Neither team generated much in the way of scoring opportunities as the game featured just six combined shots on goal. Junior netminder Caroline Habliston (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) played the entire game in goal for the Generals and made two saves en route to her first shutout of the season. Cassilly made four saves for the Cardinals.

The 54 second overtime marked the second time in the last week that W&L has played an overtime lasting less than one minute. The Generals lost to No. 10 Johns Hopkins 58 seconds into the first overtime on Sunday.

The Generals will look for their second win of the season on Saturday when they travel to Lynchburg for a 1:00 pm game.

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Scoring Summary:
W&L – Christina Merchant (Sallie Armstrong, Emily Mathews): 70:54 (OT)

Goalkeepers:
Caroline Habliston (W&L) – 70:54, 2 saves, 0 GA
Marian Cassilly (CUA) – 70:54, 4 saves, 1 GA

Team Stats:
W&L – 8 shots, 2 penalty corners, 2 saves
CUA – 7 shots, 6 penalty corners, 4 saves

Field Hockey vs. Johns Hopkins

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The W&L field hockey team fell to #10 Johns Hopkins, 2-1 in overtime, on Sunday in a game played at Stevenson College. The overtime loss marked the second straight tough-luck loss for W&L as the Generals lost to McDaniel, 2-1 in a shootout, on Saturday.

Sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) put Washington and Lee (0-4) up 1-0 less than 10 minutes into the game when she collected the rebound off a shot from junior forward Sallie Armstrong (Houston, Texas/St. John’s) and put it past JHU’s Sophia Tieu. For Mathews, the reigning ODAC Rookie of the Year, it was her first career goal.

The score remained 1-0 in favor of the Generals until the 39th minute, when JHU tied the game on Brittany Bland’s second goal of the season as she deflected a Leah Horton shot past junior netminder Caroline Habliston (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephens & St. Agnes). In overtime, the Blue Jays scored just 58 seconds into the extra period to send W&L to its second tough defeat in as many days.

Habliston, who was peppered with shots all day, made 13 saves to keep the game in reach, while her JHU counterpart stopped five shots. For the game, the Generals were outshot 25-7.

W&L returns to the field on Saturday when it hosts Catholic at 1:00 pm. 

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Scoring Summary
W&L – Emily Mathews (unassisted): 9:32
JHU – Brittany Bland (Leah Horton): 39:29
JHU – Leah Horton (Adair Landy): 70:58 (OT)

Goalkeepers
Caroline Habliston (W&L) – 70:58, 13 saves, 2 GA
Sophia Tieu (JHU) – 70:58, 5 saves, 1 GA

Team Stats
W&L – 7 shots, 3 penalty corners, 13 saves
JHU – 25 shots, 12 penalty corners, 5 saves

Field Hockey at McDaniel

WESTMINSTER, Md. -- The W&L field hockey team dropped a hard fought contest to McDaniel, 2-1 in a shootout, on Saturday.

McDaniel’s (2-2) Amanda Pickard (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) opened the scoring at the 28:14 mark of the first half to put the Green Terror up 1-0 heading into the break.

W&L (0-3) evened the match when first-year forward Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) connected for her first career goal off a feed from sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) with just over three minutes remaining.

Following two scoreless overtime periods, the game moved to penalty strokes. Over the course of two rounds McDaniel was able to connect on five strokes, while W&L came up just short with four.

Junior goalkeeper Caroline Habliston (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephens & St. Agnes) played the entire game in goal and recorded 15 saves as the Generals were outshot 22-9.

W&L returns to action on Sunday when it takes on Johns Hopkins in a game to be played at Stevenson College (formerly Villa Julie). Game time is set for 11:00 am.

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Scoring Summary:
McDaniel - Amanda Pickard (unassisted): 28:14
W&L – Christina Benedetti (Lizzie Gotimer): 67:45

Goalkeepers:
Caroline Habliston (W&L) – 100:00, 15 saves, 1 GA
Erika Wawzyanick (McDaniel) – 100:00, 7 saves, 1 GA

Team Stats: W&L – 9 shots, 15 penalty corners, 16 saves
McDaniel – 22 shots, 17 penalty corners, 7 saves

Field Hockey at Rhodes

DANVILLE, Ky. -- Twice the Washington and Lee field hockey team rallied to tie the game before ultimately falling in overtime to Rhodes, 3-2, on Sunday.

Trailing the Lynx (4-0) 1-0 at the half, the Generals (0-2) managed to tie the game at one apiece when junior forward Sallie Armstrong (Houston, Texas/St. John’s) scored off of a feed from junior midfielder Alex Caritis (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy) in the 40th minute.

Following a second Lynx goal, W&L was able to knot the score once again on junior defender Grace McGee’s (Virginia Beach, Va./Floyd E. Kellam) first career goal in the 57th minute. Senior Liz Garson (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) was credited with the assist.

However, W&L could not maintain the momentum as Rhodes scored 13 minutes into the extra period for the final margin.

Junior Caroline Habliston (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephens & St. Agnes) started and played the entire game in the cage for the Generals, recording four saves.

The Generals return to the field on Saturday when travel to McDaniel for a 2:00 pm contest.

Team Stats:
W&L - 15 shots, 6 penalty corners, 4 saves
Rhodes - 9 shots, 3 penalty corners, 5 saves

Field Hockey at Centre

Danville, Ky. – The W&L Field Hockey team opened its 2008 season this afternoon and dropped a 2-1 decision to Centre on Saturday afternoon.

After falling behind a goal just over two minutes into the game, W&L senior forward Christina Merchant (Midlothian, Va./Collegiate) knotted the score at one apiece with a goal of her own in the 27th minute. Sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) was credited with the assist.

Sophomore Kelly Tran (Simsbury, Conn./Ethel Walker) started in cage and recorded three saves. The start marked the first time that Tran had appeared in goal for the Generals. She did see action in 17 games in 2007, however never before in goal. Junior Caroline Habliston (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephens & St. Agnes) took over the goalkeeping duties in the second half and came up with three saves.

The Generals return to action tomorrow when they play at Rhodes at 10:00 am. 

Scoring Summary
Centre – Teresa Johnstone – 2:09
W&L – Christina Merchant (Emily Mathews) – 27:30
Centre – Sally Faulkner – 37:46

Goalkeepers
Kelly Tran (W&L) – 70:00, 3 saves, 1 GA
Caroline Habliston (W&L) - 35:00, 3 saves, 1 GA
Patty Cowley (Centre) – 70:00, 1 save, 1 GA

Team Stats
W&L – 5 shots, 6 penalty corners, 0 penalty strokes, 6 saves
Centre – 15 shots, 4 penalty corners, 0 penalty strokes, 1 save