LEXINGTON, Va. – The 12th-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team used a three-goal run midway through the second half to post a 6-5 victory over seventh-ranked Salisbury on Saturday afternoon at Watt Field.
Salisbury (2-2) scored the first goal of the second half, as junior attacker Dana King found the net unassisted to knot the game at 3-3 with 24:18 left to play. At that point, the Generals (4-0) took over, using the aforementioned run to take a 6-3 advantage with 9:48 remaining in the contest.
Sophomore midfielder Cordelia Peters (Larkspur, Calif. / Hotchkiss School) got the rally started with a goal at the 21:22 mark off of an assist from senior attacker Olivia Sisson (Great Falls, Va. / Langley). Senior midfielder Hayley Soutter (McLean, Va. / Langley) then scored back-to-back unassisted goals at 17:59 and 9:48 to close out the run.
The Sea Gulls made a run of their own that trimmed the W&L lead to just a single goal (6-5) with 2:19 left in the game. King found the back of the net off of an assist from sophomore attacker Lindsey Wagner with 7:24 remaining to make it a two-goal (6-4) contest. The Generals won the ensuing draw and attempted to run some clock, but a turnover gave Salisbury the ball back and sophomore attacker Lindsey Wagner cut it to a one-goal game with 2:19 left.
Salisbury had the ball for a final possession in the last 15 seconds, but the defense held the Sea Gulls without a shot and the Generals held on for their second straight win over a Top 10 team.
SU junior attacker Alissa Talbert netted the first goal of the game off of an assist from junior attacker Kristen Murphy at the 28:04 mark. The Sea Gulls held the lead until Soutter scored her first goal of the game with 11:11 left in the first half to tie the game at 1-1.
Salisbury took a 2-1 lead with 7:14 remaining in the half when sophomore attacker Gabrielle Mongno scored off of an assist from Wagner. W&L then closed out the half with two goals to take a slim 3-2 advantage into halftime. Sophomore midfielder Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va. / St. Catherine's) scored an unassisted goal at the 6:18 mark and Sisson found the back of the net off of a free position shot at 4:57.
W&L held a commanding 10-3 advantage in draw controls, while Salisbury held a 13-9 edge in ground balls. Each team took 12 shots in the contest.
For the game, Soutter led W&L with a game-high three goals, while Tucker and Sisson each added one goal and an assist. Tucker also won a game-high seven draw controls, and Peters netted a goal and picked up three ground balls. First-year goalkeeper Elliot Gilbert (Bedford, N.Y. / Deerfield Academy) saw all 60 minutes of action in goal and recorded five saves for the Blue and White.
King tallied two goals for the Sea Gulls, while Wagner dished out two assists. Junior Gianna Falcone suffered the loss in goal, playing the entire contest and making four saves.
W&L returns to action next Saturday when it travels to Gettysburg to take on the fourth-ranked Bullets at 1:00 pm.
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