March 31, 2012

W&L Women's Lax Pulls Away for a 16-5 Win Over VWC

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Washington and Lee limited Virginia Wesleyan to just five goals on 11 shots in producing a 16-5 win over the Marlins in ODAC women's lacrosse action on Saturday at Foster Field.

The Generals (9-3) jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 4:05 into the game on an unassisted goal by senior attacker Alli Shearin (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) and a free position goal by senior attacker Maddie McKaig (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis).  The Marlins (3-8) scored two of the game's next three tallies to pull within 3-2 at the 18:22 mark, but the Generals scored two more goals, free position scores by first-year midfielder Sammy Yates (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) and McKaig, for a 5-2 lead with 12:39 left in the half.

Virginia Wesleyan received a goal from Taylor Harding off a feed from Nikki Salyers with 6:14 left, but the Generals scored with one second remaining in the first half when sophomore midfielder Meredith Lavin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) found the net on a free position shot for a 6-3 lead at the break.

After each team scored a goal in the opening 9:54 of the second half, the Generals created separation with a five-goal run that featured two goals from Lavin and one goal and one assist from Shearin for a 12-4 lead with 10:15 left in the game.  The Marlins received a goal from Courtney Shelton off a Taylor Harding assist at the 8:49 mark, but W&L closed with four goals in the final 3:20 for the 11-goal victory.

The Generals held a 27-11 advantage in shots and forced 20 Virginia Wesleyan turnovers.  W&L also claimed a 16-5 edge in draw controls and collected 24 ground balls as opposed to 20 for the Marlins.

Shearin led W&L with three goals and two assists, while McKaig had four goals.  Lavin posted three goals and one helper, and Yates had two goals and one assist.  Senior midfielder Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) added two goals as well. First-year Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) played the duration in goal and posted two saves.

The Marlins were paced by Harding's two goals and one assist, and one goal and one assist from Nikki Salyers.  Michelle Mace and Brittany Macknew both played in goal for VWC.  Mace played the first 40:15 and totaled four saves with 10 goals allowed.  Macknew played the final 19:45 and recorded two saves with six goals allowed.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Bridgewater College for a 4:30 pm contest.

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