BRIDGEWATER, Va. – No. 11 Washington and Lee limited Bridgewater to nine goals on 14 shots in producing a 16-9 win over the Eagles in ODAC women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon.
The Generals (14-2, 10-0) jumped out to an early 7-0 lead by the 19:57 mark. Senior attacker Greta Witter (Houston, Texas / The Hill School) sparked the run with the first goal of the contest just 35 seconds into the game. Witter and sophomore attacker Carly Taglienti (Moorestown, N.J. / Moorestown) led the spurt with two goals apiece, while sophomore attacker Melissa Coggins (St. John's, Fla. / Bartram Trail) assisted three of the seven goals.
Bridgewater (6-11, 4-6) received a goal from Katie Freeman off a feed from Caroline Fletcher with 16:00 left, but the Generals responded with two goals from first-year Lauren Procaccino (Manhasset, N.Y. / Manhasset) to take a 9-1 lead with 6:07 left to play. Jesse Colligan scored the Eagles' second goal of the period at the 5:33 mark to reach the 9-2 halftime score.
The Blue and White opened the second period with two goals from senior attacker Margaret Klein (North Andover, Mass. / Brooks) and junior midfielder Sammy Yates (Ridgewood, N.J. / Ridgewood) to go up 11-2 with 26:36 on the clock.
Bridgewater pulled within five goals after it went on a quick 4-0 spurt that was led by two goals each from Colligan and Fletcher. The Generals created some separation with a four-goal run that featured a score from four different players for a 15-6 lead with 7:16 left in the game. The Eagles received three goals down the stretch from Colligan and Fletcher, but Bridgewater could not overcome the eight-goal deficit.
For the game, W&L held an advantage in draw controls (17-7), shots (36-14), and ground balls (17-7).
Junior Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J. / Glen Ridge) spent the entire game in goal for the Generals, finishing the game with two saves. Rachel Gruber suffered the loss for the Eagles and finished with 15 saves.
Procaccino and Witter paced the Generals' offense with four goals apiece, while Klein recorded three goals. Taglienti picked up a team-high three ground balls to go along with her two goals.
Colligan led the Eagles with four goals off of four shots, while Fletcher registered four goals, one assist, and picked up four draw controls.
The Generals finished the regular season a perfect 10-0 in conference play and improved to 14-2 overall, just three games shy of the program's record for wins in a season. Head Coach Brooke O'Brien is now two games away from recording 100 wins for her career.
The Generals will be back in action next Saturday when it hosts the semifinal round of the 2014 ODAC Women's Lacrosse Championships. The team W&L will be playing has yet to be determined.
-- www.generalssports.com --