GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford recovered from a 4-2 halftime deficit to post an 11-6 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon in Greensboro.
The win was just the second by the Quakers against W&L in 26 chances and the first since 1990. It also secured Guilford (15-1, 10-0) the top seed for the ODAC Tournament.
W&L (6-9, 6-3) jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the strength of two goals by sophomore attacker Catherine Klinedinst (McLean, Va. / Holton-Arms School) and a tally by first-year attacker Carly Taglienti (Moorestown, N.J. / Moorestown) off a feed from junior attacker Katie Hagen (West Chester, Pa. / Notre Dame).
Guilford scored two straight to make it a 3-2 game, but Klinedinst gave the Generals a 4-2 halftime lead when she scored off a Hagen assist with 11:05 left in the first half.
The Quakers opened the second stanza by scoring the first seven goals to take a 9-4 lead with 3:16 remaining. Junior midfielder Becca Colley got things started when she scored off an assist by junior attacker Lily Colley at 26:05, and Lily Colley then scored two straight for a 5-4 lead with 14:57 to play. Junior attacker E'Leyna Garcia then scored two straight to make it 7-4, and two consecutive tallies by sophomore midfielder Eleanora Keene capped the rally.
First-year attacker Margaret Pascale (Bronxville, N.Y. / Bronxville) stopped the bleeding for the Generals with a score at 2:39, but Colley and Garcia each scored 21 seconds apart for an 11-5 lead. Pascale added another score with 30 seconds left for the final margin.
W&L out-shot the Quakers by a count of 28-20, while Guilford held a 19-16 advantage on ground balls. The Generals were led by Klinedinst's three goals and two goals from Pascale. Taglienti added one goal and one assist. Sophomore goalkeeper Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J. / Glen Ridge) played all 60 minutes in net, posting four saves.
Guilford was paced by Lily Colley's four goals and two assists. Garcia scored four goals and Keene had two goals and one assist. Senior Liza Mettier played the duration in goal and made nine saves.
Washington and Lee concludes its regular season on Sunday when it travels to Sweet Briar for a 2:00 pm contest.