W&L Women's Lax Escapes with 9-8 Victory Over R-MC

ASHLAND, Va. – Senior attacker Meredith Freeman (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) recorded an unassisted marker with 6:23 remaining to lift the 14th-ranked Washington and Lee women’s lacrosse team to a 9-8 victory over Randolph-Macon College on Sunday afternoon in Ashland.

R-MC (7-4, 5-3 ODAC) jumped out to an early lead after back-to-back goals from Erin Clare Cassidy and Emily Kent just under a minute apart to take a 2-0 lead with 28:05 remaining in the first half. However, the Generals (10-4, 7-0 ODAC) responded with two goals from sophomore midfielder Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) to tie the game at 2-2 at the 23:13 mark of the first stanza.

The Yellow Jackets tallied a goal from Logan Pomeroy, but two quick goals from Benedetti and junior midfielder Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) gave W&L its first lead of the game (4-3) with 16:31 remaining in the first half.

R-MC reclaimed the lead (5-4) with markers from Elyse Cooper and Pomeroy at the 11:20 mark of the first half. Both teams would then exchange goals to leave the score in R-MC’s favor (6-5) with 5:25 remaining, but W&L tallied goals from sophomore attacker Maddie McKaig (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) and Benedetti to close out the half and assume a 7-6 lead.

The Generals recorded the first goal of the second stanza from junior midfielder Kate Donnelly (Houston, Texas/St. John’s School) to take their largest lead of the game (8-6) with 22:55 remaining in the contest. However, the Yellow Jackets received two goals from Cassidy to tie the game (8-8) at the 6:23 marker. Freeman then recorded the game-winning goal just 10 seconds later, as W&L secured the 9-8 victory and improved to 7-0 against ODAC competition this season.

W&L was led by Benedetti, who tallied a game-high four goals. McKaig finished the day with two goals, while Emmy Mathews, Freeman and Donnelly each finished with a single goal. Junior goalkeeper Katharine Farrar (Lexington, Va./Episcopal) recorded 60:00 in net, stopping eight shots while recording the win.

R-MC was paced by Cassidy’s hat trick, while receiving two goals apiece from Cooper and Pomeroy. Goalkeeper Alex Flammia played all 60:00 in net, recording five saves.

The Generals return to action on Wednesday as they host Guilford College for a 5:00 pm contest.

AGATE
W&L Goals: Christina Benedetti, 4; Maddie McKaig, 2; Emmy Mathews, 1; Meredith Freeman, 1; Kate Donnelly, 1.
W&L Assists: Emmy Mathews, 1; Maddie McKaig, 1.

R-MC Goals: Erin Clare Cassidy, 3; Elyse Cooper, 2; Logan Pomeroy, 2; Emily Kent, 1.
R-MC Assists: Emily Kent, 1.

GOALKEEPING
Katharine Farrar (W&L): 60:00, 8 GA, 8 saves
Alex Flammia (R-MC): 60:00, 9 GA, 5 saves

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