WASHINGTON, D.C. – A late second-half rally proved to not be enough as the No. 11 Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team fell to No. 14 Catholic University, 15-13, on Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium in Washington, D.C.
The Generals (4-4) found the net early, taking a 2-0 lead at the 28:35 mark on goals from senior midfielders Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) and Kate Donnelly (Houston, Texas/St. John's School).
CUA (3-1) came back to knot the game at 2-2 with 26:37 remaining in the opening stanza. The contest featured two ties over the next 19:06 before W&L assumed the lead (5-4) off a free position shot by senior attacker Wilton Megargel (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) with 7:31 on the clock. However, Catholic netted the final two goals of the opening stanza to take a 6-5 lead at the break.
Megargel scored her second goal of the game just 20 seconds into the second half, tying the contest for the fifth time (6-6) with 29:40 remaining. The Cardinals responded, pushing their lead to two goals (8-6) at the 24:50 mark. Junior attacker Maddie McKaig (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) pulled the Generals back to within one goal (8-7) with 22:16 remaining, but Catholic found the net seven seconds later to extend its lead back to two goals, 9-7.
Donnelly added her second goal of the contest to leave the score at 9-8 at the 20:02 mark. However, CUA found its stride, tallying the next three goals of the game to assume a four-goal lead (12-8) with 13:21 remaining. W&L attempted to climb back in the game over the final minutes, but every time the Generals found the net the Cardinals responded with a goal of their own. A final attack by W&L with under one minute remaining pulled the Generals to within two goals but it was not enough as Catholic claimed the 15-13 victory.
CUA held the advantage in shots (37-21), ground balls (23-10) and draw controls (18-12) for the contest.
W&L had three different players finish with three goals apiece, including Donnelly, Megargel and Mathews. Megarged added a team-high two assists, while Mathews added an assist of her own.
Catholic also had a trio of players finish with three goals each in junior midfielder Mary Swarthout, junior attacker Meghan Brady and senior midfielder Kate Robinson. Swarthout also contributed a game-high five assists to finish with eight points.
In net, senior Katharine Farrar (Lexington, Va./Episcopal) played all 60:00, stopping 15 shots. Catholic keeper junior Gabby Sena also played the duration, finishing with six saves.
The Generals return to action on Thursday as they travel to ODAC foe Roanoke College for a 7:00 pm contest.
Catholic goals: Mary Swarthout 3; Meghan Brady 3; Kate Robinson 3; Lindsay Davenport 2; Lauren Bernstein 2; Katie Buonpastore 1; Chelsea Gleason 1.
Catholic assists: Mary Swarthout 5; Meghan Brady 1; Meghan Paul 1.