LANCASTER, Pa. -- The 13th-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season to No. 6 Franklin & Marshall, 14-6, at Tylus Field on Saturday afternoon.
F&M (1-0) used the first 6:38 of the contest to score three straight goals (3-0), causing W&L (2-1) to take a timeout at 23:02. Sophomore attacker Katie Hagen (West Chester, Pa./Notre Dame) put the Generals on the board for the first time at the 18:52 mark to pull within two, but the Diplomats answered with three more shots in the net to bring the score to 6-1 with 13:20 left in the half.
At 7:21, first-year midfielder Julia Van Sant (Chevy Chase, Md./Taft School) notched the Generals' second goal of the game off of a free position attempt (6-2). F&M then finished the first period with two more goals in the final 3:07 to give W&L a six-point deficit at the break (8-2).
The Generals started the second stanza strong, tallying their third goal of the game in the first minute of play and bringing the Diplomat lead down to five at 29:39 (8-3), however, F&M continued its dominance on offense and netted three more goals by the 23:34 mark (11-3).
Sophomore attacker Margaret Klein (North Andover, Mass./Brooks) tried to keep the Generals in the game with a goal at 21:25 (11-4), but the Diplomats could not be stopped as they recorded another three scores in the second half (14-4).
W&L did not change the scoreboard again until senior attacker Alli Shearin (Essex Fells, N.J./Kent Place School) scored her second goal of the game with 4:30 left. Sophomore midfielder Meade Brewster (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) tallied the last score of the contest when her ball hit the back of the net at 3:56, leaving the Generals with the 14-6 loss.
Senior Jennifer Linder (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) recorded 12 goals against and five saves in the 42:35 she spent in net. In 17:25, first-year Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) saved two shots and allowed two goals against the Generals.
Shearin led W&L scorers with two goals in the contest. Brewster logged an assist, sophomore midfielder Alex Van Horn (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) registered four draw controls, and Linder and sophomore defender Olive Waxter (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park) each caused two turnovers.
In the cage for the Diplomats, Kelsey Hoffman saved six shots and had six goals against while playing the entire 60:00. Lauren Selawski netted a team-high four goals and Erin Dunne tallied three of her own. Anne Brockmeyer grabbed six groundballs, Lauren Ehrhardt claimed three draw controls and Libby Nichols forced three turnovers.
The Generals return to action on Tuesday when they host Haverford for a 4:30 pm contest.