LEXINGTON, Va. - The No. 17 Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team held the Hornets to just three goals in the second period as the Generals posted a 12-6 victory over Lynchburg on Saturday afternoon at Watt Field.
With the game tied, 2-2, with 10:49 left to play in the first period, W&L (5-2, 2-0) rattled off three straight goals over the next 4:48 to take a 5-2 advantage with 3:19 left to play. First-year attacker Lauren Procaccino (Manhasset, N.Y. / Manhasset) led the attack with two free-position goals.
Junior defender Ryland Scott (Midlothian, Va. / The Steward School) netted the Hornets first goal since the 15:32 mark to pull LC (2-3, 1-1) within two (5-3) with 35 seconds left. Senior attacker Margaret Klein (North Andover, Mass. / Brooks) answered, scoring her first goal of the game with just four ticks left on the clock to give the Generals a 6-3 halftime advantage.
W&L opened the second period of play with four-straight goals, two of which came from junior midfielder Sammy Yates (Ridgewood, N.J. / Ridgewood). Sophomore attacker Carly Taglienti (Moorestown, N.J. / Moorestown) also had three assists during that span.
Lynchburg followed with two consecutive free-position goals from first-year midfielder Laura Meisner (Greensboro, N.C. / Northwest Guilford) and senior attacker Caroline Kilby (Street, Md. / John Carroll School) to make the score 10-5 with 14:59 on the clock.
Yates recorded her third goal of the contest at the 8:39 mark, which was followed by another Taglienti goal 1:52 later to make it a 12-5 game with 6:47 left to play. First-year attacker Sara Holland (Houston, Texas / M.B. Lamar) assisted both tallies.
Sophomore attacker Caroline Carozza (Salisbury, Md. / Parkside) notched a goal for the Hornets 21 seconds later to pull within six goals (12-6), but that would be as close as LC would get as the Generals ran out the clock to secure the victory.
For the game, the Blue and White held an advantage in shots (26-18) and draw controls (12-8).
Junior goalkeeper Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J. / Glen Ridge) got the win for the Generals making nine saves, seeing all 60 minutes of action. Junior Hailey Bossert (San Diego, Calif. / Scripps Ranch) suffered the loss for the Hornets, playing all 60 minutes and making 10 saves.
Procaccino and Yates led the Generals with three goals apiece, while Taglienti and Klein each netted two scores. Taglienti and Holland also dished out three assists. With her two goals, Klein has moved into the Top 10 on W&L's career goals list with 112 for her career. Senior defender Olive Waxter (Baltimore, Md. / Roland Park) led the defense with four ground balls, while also adding five draw controls.
Carozza paced the Hornets with two goals and two ground balls, while Meisner, Kilby, Scott and senior midfielder Bri Slate (Gordonsville, Va. / Monticello) each added one goal.
The Generals return to action on Wednesday when they host Shenandoah for a 4:30 pm contest.
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