LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee held a 19-5 advantage in draw controls en route to a 13-9 win over Lynchburg on Wednesday in the ODAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament Quarterfinals at Watt Field.
W&L (9-8) used the first 6:11 of the contest to pull ahead 3-0. Senior midfielder Carley Dobson (Salisbury, Md./Salisbury) broke up the scoring run with a goal for LC (8-9) at the 19:27 mark. First-year midfielder Emily Conway (Darien, Conn./Greenwich Academy) and sophomore attacker Catherine Klinedinst (McLean, Va./Holton Arms School) each found the back over the next 1:29 to give the Generals a 5-1 lead at 17:58.
The Hornets answered with three-straight goals, including two unassisted tallies by junior midfielder Bri Slate (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle), to pull their deficit to just one (5-4) at the break.
Off of three different scorers, W&L opened the second period with four unanswered goals to take its largest lead of the game (9-4) with 25:20 left. In the run, junior midfielder Meade Brewster (Brookside, N.J./West Morris-Mendham) scored twice, while junior midfielder Meredith Lavin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) and junior attacker Katie Hagen (Malvern, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame) also netted a goal.
LC continued to fight back as it knocked off four more scores in the following 5:56, bringing the lead back to one (9-8) with 19:34 on the clock. Four different players scored in the sequence, including Slate's third of the game.
The Generals then scored four more times in the remaining 15:37, while the Hornets were held to just one tally, allowing W&L to claim the 13-9 win.
In goal for the Blue and White was sophomore Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge), who collected 10 saves and nine goals-against in 60 minutes of action. Sophomore Hailey Bossert (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch) stopped 11 shots and recorded 13 goals-against while spending the entire game in the cage for LC.
Klinedinst led all scorers with four goals and one assist and added three ground balls. Brewster notched one goal, eight draw controls and two ground balls, and junior attacker Margaret Klein (North Andover, Mass./Brooks School) registered two scores and one helper. On defense, junior Olive Waxter (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park) picked up three draw controls and two caused turnovers.
For Lynchburg, Slate paced the offense with three goals and one assist. Dobson scored twice, and first-year midfielder Katherine Francis (Lebanon, N.J./Voorhees) totaled two goals, four ground balls and three draw controls.
With the win, the Generals advance to the ODAC Tournament Semifinals, where they will face top-seeded Guilford in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday. Game time is not yet determined.
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