LEXINGTON, Va. – A six-goal run to close out the contest lifted the 15th-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team past Guilford, 16-4, on Wednesday evening at Watt Field.
With the win, the Generals improve to 12-3 on the season and 8-0 in ODAC play, while the Quakers drop to 9-6 overall and 6-2 in conference action.
After going into halftime down by six (8-2), GC sophomore attacker E'leyna Garcia (Plantation, Fla./Pine Crest Prep) fired off an unassisted goal within the first minute of action in the second period, bringing the score to 8-3 with 29:31 left to play. Senior attacker Maddie McKaig (Annapolis Md./Annapolis) answered with a goal at 28:52, only to have GC senior midfielder Summer Frazier (Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood) score off a feed from sophomore attacker Lily Colley (Wells, Maine/Wells) at 21:56, and pull the Quakers to within five (9-4).
Sophomore midfielder Meade Brewster (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) used a free position shot at 19:34 to send the Generals into the aforementioned six-goal run, and leave GC scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Free position shots by sophomore attackers Margaret Klein (North Andover, Mass./Brooks) and Greta Witter (Douglasville, Pa./The Hill School) gave W&L a quick 2-0 lead with 24:01 left in the first half. Brewster (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) scored the Generals' third goal from a pass by senior midfielder Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) at 22:27 to go up 3-0.
Garcia made it a 3-2 game with two unassisted goals by the 14:23 mark. Benedetti then pushed the lead to two with a goal at 13:10, igniting a five-goal run to close out the opening stanza and allowing the Generals to walk into the break with a six-goal advantage.
First-year Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) spent the entire game in net for W&L, saving five shots and allowing four goals-against. Junior Liza Mettler (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Beaumont School) saved 13 shots and recorded 16 goals-against, while spending the whole 60:00 in the cage for GC.
Nine different Generals scored in the contest, including a five-point performance on three goals and two assists from Shearin. McKaig registered two goals and one helper, and junior attacker Elizabeth Bucklee (Princeton, N.J./Stuart County Day), first-year midfielder Sammy Yates (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) and Brewster each netted two goals. Benedetti played tough on both ends of the field, as she notched one goal, one assist, six groundballs, four draw controls and two caused turnovers.
Garcia led the Quakers with three goals. Frazier scored the remaining goal and also grabbed two ground balls, while sophomore midfielder Becca Colley (Wells, Maine/Wells) tallied six groundballs, four draw controls and two caused turnovers.
W&L returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Randolph-Macon for its final regular-season ODAC contest of the year, with the start time set for 3:00 pm.