WASHINGTON, D.C. – Eighth-ranked Washington and Lee scored eight straight goals to begin the game in knocking off fifth-ranked Catholic by a score of 18-3 in women's lacrosse on Saturday afternoon in the Nation's Capital.
The win was W&L's (6-1) fourth this season against a ranked opponent and the third victory over a team ranked in the Top 10.
Sophomore attacker Cordelia Peters (Larkspur, Calif. / Hotchkiss) scored two of the game's first three goals over a span of 4:01, as W&L claimed a 3-0 lead by the 25:59 mark. Junior attacker Jess Castelo (Red Bank, N.J. / Lawrenceville) also found the net in the opening run, and she and Peters would add one more score each before the surge ended with an unassisted goal by senior attacker Hayley Soutter (McLean, Va. / Langley) at the 14:12 mark.
Catholic (3-2) stopped the barrage with an unassisted tally by senior attacker Laura Dunn at the 6:08 mark, but W&L added three more scores for an 11-1 lead at the intermission. Senior midfielder Maggie Waxter (Baltimore, Md. / Roland Park) posted one goal and one assist in the three-goal spurt over the final 5:47 of the first period.
The Cardinals scored two of the first three goals to start the second half, but W&L closed the game with six straight goals, including two from Soutter, to quell any comeback effort in taking the 15-goal victory.
For the game, the Blue & White out-shot the Cardinals, 28-11. Peters and Castelo led the outstanding offensive effort with four goals each. Soutter tallied three scores, while senior midfielder Olivia Sisson (Great Falls, Va. / Langley) and senior attacker Sara Holland (Houston, Texas / M.B. Lamar) registered two goals each. Sisson also chipped in one assist. First-year Elliot Gilbert (Bedford, N.Y. / Deerfield Academy) played the first 53:24 in goal and produced five saves with three goals allowed. She was spelled for the final 6:36 by junior Hannah Wiltshire (Wilton, Conn. / Wilton), who did not face a shot.
Dunn led Catholic with two goals and one assist. First-year Nanci Hernandez and sophomore Christina DeCesaris each played a half in goal for the Cardinals, combining to make six saves.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Roanoke for a 7:00 pm contest.