LEXINGTON, Va. – No. 15 Washington and Lee forced Catholic into 33 turnovers en route to posting a 12-9 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon at Watt Field.
W&L (7-2) started the game off strong, scoring the first four goals of the contest. Senior attacker Greta Witter (Houston, Texas / The Hill School) led the run with two goals during that span. The Cardinals got on the scoreboard at the 21:16 mark (4-1) off a goal by first-year attacker Jenna Van Middelem (Mt. Sinai, N.Y. / Mount Sinai).
The Generals responded with a 5-3 run to close the first half, with five different W&L players finding the back of the net to take a 9-4 lead into the intermission.
Catholic (4-3) opened the second period with three consecutive goals to pull the Cardinals within two goals (9-7) with 25:07 left to play. First-year midfielder Anna Stumme (Millersville, Md. / Seton Keough) scored two of the three Catholic goals.
The Generals got two goals from senior attacker Margaret Klein (North Andover, Mass. / Brooks) and senior midfielder Meade Brewster (Brookside, N.J. / West Morris Mendham) to increase their lead back to four (11-7) by the 22:03 mark.
The Cardinals scored two more times down the stretch, but the Generals were able to get a score from junior midfielder Sammy Yates (Ridgewood, N.J. / Ridgewood) at the 3:43 mark to secure the win.
For the game, W&L held an advantage in shots (25-20) and ground balls (33-23), while Catholic held a 13-9 edge in draw controls.
Junior keeper Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J. / Glen Ridge) played the entire game in goal for the Generals, finishing the game with eight saves and six ground balls. Yasmine Ajdari (Bethesda, Md. / Walter Johnson) suffered the loss for the Cardinals, seeing all 60 minutes of action and finishing with seven saves.
Witter led the offense with three goals and two assists, while Klein added three goals of her own. Brewster chipped in two goals and one assist to go along with her five ground balls and two draw controls. Senior defender Leanne Stone (Darien, Conn. / Darien) paced the back third with five ground balls and four caused turnovers.
Three Catholic players notched two goals, led by junior attacker Lindsay Brophy (Haddonfield, N.J. / Haddonfield Memorial) who finished with two goals and one assist. Senior midfielder Victoria Neill (Voorhees, N.J. / Eastern) had a solid game, snagging seven ground balls and causing a game-high five turnovers.
The Generals will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Roanoke for a 4:30 pm contest.
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