March 26, 2014

W&L Women's Lacrosse Takes Down Roanoke, 11-9

LEXINGTON, Va. – No. 11 Washington and Lee closed out the first period with a 6-0 run en route to posting an 11-9 victory over the Roanoke Maroons on Wednesday afternoon at Wilson Field.

Roanoke (5-5, 2-1) took control of the game early, taking a 6-2 lead by the 14:45 mark. Sophomore attacker Claire Feeney (Old Greenwich, Conn. / Greenwich) paced the run with three assists and one goal.

First-year attacker Lauren Procaccino (Manhasset, N.Y. / Manhasset) sparked the Generals' 6-0 run with two scores in a span of 1:22 to pull the Blue and White within two goals with 11:54 left to play.

First-year midfielder Hayley Soutter (McLean, Va. / Langley) also scored twice during the run, including the go-ahead goal at the 4:05 mark. First-year attacker Sara Holland (Houston, Texas / M.B. Lamar) closed the period with a goal off an assist by senior attacker Greta Witter (Houston, Texas / The Hill School) to give the Generals an 8-6 lead at the intermission.

Senior attacker Allison Bonanno (Ridgewood, N.J. / Ridgewood) started the second half with a score at the 29:17 mark to pull the Maroons within one goal (8-7).

W&L (8-2, 4-0) answered with three goals from senior attacker Margaret Klein (North Andover, Mass. / Brooks), sophomore attacker Carly Taglienti (Moorestown, N.J. / Moorestown), and Witter to pull ahead by four goals (11-7) with 13:34 left in the game.

The Generals left the Maroons scoreless, until Feeney closed the game with two unassisted tallies to pull within two goals (11-9) with 2:56 left to play. That would be as close as Roanoke would get, as the Generals ran out the clock for the win.

For the game, the Blue and White held a slight edge in shots (24-22), while Roanoke held a 13-9 advantage in draw controls.

Junior keeper Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J. / Glen Ridge) earned the win in goal for the Generals, finishing the game with seven saves. Junior Lauren Curtin (Hudson, Ohio / Western Reserve Academy) suffered the loss and finished with six saves.

Klein paced the Generals' offense with three goals. Procaccino, Soutter, and Taglienti each tallied two goals on the day. Senior midfielder Meade Brewster (Brookside, N.J. / West Morris Mendham) led the defense with three caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Feeney led the Maroons with four goals and three assists to total seven points. She also added a game-high four draw controls. Bonanno and junior midfielder Darragh Evarts (Golden Bridge, N.Y. / John Jay) tallied two scores of their own. Bonanno also recorded game-high seven ground balls.

The Generals will be back in action this Saturday when they travel to Virginia Wesleyan for a 1:00 pm contest.

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