W&L Women's Lacrosse Downs Haverford, 14-12

W&L Women's Lacrosse Downs Haverford, 14-12

LEXINGTON, Va. – The 13th-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team built an early six-goal lead and held off Haverford, 14-12, on Wednesday at the W&L Turf Field.

The W&L (3-1) offense started quickly with four unanswered goals in the first 4:10 of the contest and did not allow Haverford to score until the 25:09 mark (4-1). The Generals then increased their lead back to four with a tally by senior attacker Alli Shearin (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) at 21:26 (5-1), but the Fords fought back with two consecutive scores in less than a minute, pulling to within two goals (5-3) with 19:02 left in the half.

Shearin used a free position shot to increase W&L's advantage to three (6-3) at 16:19 and ignited a four-tally stretch for the Generals, where first-year midfielder Julia Van Sant (Chevy Chase, Md./Taft School) notched two scores in 47 seconds to pull ahead by six goals (9-3) at 5:14.

Haverford netted three more goals in the remainder of the half, going into the break with just a three-goal deficit (9-6).

HC sophomore attacker Megan Gallagher (Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach) recorded a tally in the first minute of second-half play to bring the Fords to within two goals (9-7), but Haverford would not come any closer as both teams exchanged goals down the stretch.

First-year Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) started in goal for W&L and recorded one save while allowed seven goals. Senior Jennifer Linder (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) also saw time in goal, saving one shot and allowing five goals against in 24:17. Haverford senior goalkeeper Leah Hammerschlag (Brookville, N.Y./Jericho) played the entire contest and made 10 saves.

Van Sant led the Generals' offense with four goals. Sophomore midfielder Meade Brewster (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham), sophomore attacker Margaret Klein (North Andover, Mass./Brooks) and Shearin each logged two tallies for the Generals. Sophomore midfielder Alex Van Horn (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) recorded four draw controls and senior midfielder Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) added a goal, an assist and grabbed four ground balls.

For the Fords, senior midfielder Josie Ferri (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) registered three goals, and four others contributed two goals apiece. Ferri also added four draw controls and two assists.

W&L returns to action on Saturday when they travel to No. 5 Salisbury for a 1:00 pm contest.