LEXINGTON, Va. – The 14th-ranked Washington and Lee women’s lacrosse team capitalized on five consecutive free position shots in the first half and never relinquished the lead as they held on for a 10-9 victory over 16th-ranked Catholic University on Wednesday afternoon at Watt Field.
W&L (9-4) opened the first half with free position goals from junior attacker Wilton Megargel (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne’s-Belfield), sophomore attacker Maddie McKaig (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) and senior attacker Meredith Freeman (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) to assume a 3-0 lead with 26:27 remaining. Catholic University (4-6) responded with a tally just over a minute later from sophomore midfielder Meghan Brady (Huntington Bay, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) off an assist from junior attacker Katie Buonpastore (Lansdale, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) to bring the score to 3-1 with 25:26 remaining.
The Generals then went on to record the next two goals off of free position shots from junior attacker Ellie Van Sant (Chevy Chase, Md./The Taft School) and Freeman to give W&L a 5-1 advantage with 16:47 remaining in the first stanza. CUA tallied two consecutive goals from sophomore midfielder Mary Swarthout (Rockville, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) and junior midfielder Caroline Taltavull (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg), but W&L recorded the final goal of the first stanza from Megargel to assume a 6-3 advantage at the half.
Megargel opened the scoring in the second stanza with an unassisted marker with 25:35 remaining. However, the Cardinals tallied three consecutive goals, including one from Taltavull and two from Swarthout, to pull CUA to within one goal (7-6) with 18:00 remaining in the game.
W&L responded with three markers of its own from Megargel, junior midfielder Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) and senior attacker Britten Mathews (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) to put the Generals up 10-6 with 9:38 remaining in the contest. The Cardinals tallied the final three goals of the game from junior midfielder Kelly Ryan (Levittown, N.Y./MacArthur), Buonpastore and Taltavull to pull them to within one goal (10-9). However, CUA’s Brady hit the post on a potential game-tying free position shot in the final seconds, and W&L collected the ground ball to gain possession and claim the 10-9 victory.
The Generals were paced by Megargel, who tallied four goals. Freeman finished the contest with two goals, while Emmy Mathews, Britten Mathews, McKaig and Ellie Van Sant each tallied a goal. Junior goalkeeper Katharine Farrar (Lexington, Va./Episcopal) played all 60:00 in net, stopping nine shots in claiming the victory.
The Cardinals were led by hat tricks from Taltavull and Swarthout, while Ryan, Buonpastore and Brady all finished with a goal apiece. Senior netminder Melissa Brashear (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic) recorded 60:00 between the pipes, tallying nine saves.
The Generals return to action on April 18 as they travel to ODAC-rival Randolph-Macon for a 2:00 pm contest.
W&L Goals: Wilton Megargel 4; Meredith Freeman 2; Emmy
Mathews 1; Britten Mathews 1; Maddie McKaig 1; Ellie Van Sant
W&L Assists: None.
CUA Goals: Mary Swarthout 3; Caroline Taltavull 3; Katie
Buonpastore 1; Meghan Brady 1; Kelly Ryan 1.
CUA Assists: Katie Buonpastore 1; Kate Narzikul 1; Christina Rogers 1.
Katharine Farrar (W&L): 60:00, 9 GA, 9 saves
Melissa Brashear (CUA): 60:00, 10 GA, 9 saves