LEXINGTON, Va. – The 11th-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team used a seven-goal run midway through the first half to produce a 24-6 win over Guilford in ODAC women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Watt Field.
The score was tied 2-2 with 21:09 remaining in the first half following a free position goal from Guilford (6-7, 1-4) first-year attacker Grace Moore.
The Generals (9-5, 5-0) responded with a four-goal spurt to claim a 6-2 advantage with 17:43 left. Junior attacker Cordelia Peters (Larkspur, Calif. / Hotchkiss) tallied a goal and two assists during the run, while senior attacker Jess Castelo (Red Bank, N.J. / Lawrenceville) added two goals.
Guilford ended W&L's run when first-year attacker Audrey Helfenbein found junior midfielder Holly Kozak to pull with Quakers within three (6-3) with 15:48 remaining. However, that would be as close as Guilford would get as the Generals went on their decisive seven-goal run.
Sophomore midfielder Dani Murray (Denver, Colo. / Kent Denver) started the run off of a feed from first-year attacker Landon Shelley (Charlotte, N.C. / Myers Park), and then Shelley scored 23 seconds later to push the Generals advantage to five (8-3) with 15:02 left. Castelo found cutting senior attacker Mimi MacCowatt (New Vernon, N.J. / Kent Place) for a goal at 13:23 and first-year attacker Alex Meyer (Pelham, N.Y. / Hackley School) tallied an unassisted score to make the score 10-3 with 8:34 remaining.
Peters scored off of an assist from first-year midfielder Kit McNiff (Chatham, N.J. / Chatham) and first-year midfielder Claire Fulton (Hagerstown, Md. / Saint James School) tallied back-to-back goals to give W&L a 10-goal lead (13-3) at the 6:48 mark. The teams traded goals in the final 4:37 of the half with the Generals claiming a 14-4 edge heading into intermission.
W&L continued to dominate on the offensive end in the second half and scored the first six goals in the opening 15:16 of the half. MacCowatt and sophomore attacker Carson Pinney (Richmond, Va. / Collegiate) each scored two goals during the spurt that gave W&L a 20-4 lead with 14:44 remaining en route to the Generals' sixth-straight victory.
For the game, W&L held a 44-11 advantage in shots and a 29-20 edge in ground balls. The Generals also claimed 22 draw controls compared to the Quakers' 10.
Fulton tallied a career-high five points on a career-best four goals and one assist. Peters finished with three goals and two assists, while MacCowatt added four goals. Meyer tallied a career-best three assists and two goals for a career-high five points. Shelley finished with three goals and an assist, and Castelo totaled two goals and two assists. Senior Hannah Wiltshire (Wilton, Conn. / Wilton) played the first half in goal and registered two saves. Sophomore Elliot Glibert (Bedford, N.Y. / Deerfield Academy) played the second half and recorded one save.
Helfenbein paced the Quakers with three goals and an assist, while Kozak added a goal and an assist. Senior Sarah Sedaghat played the full 60 minutes in goal and made 11 stops.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Bridgewater for a 5:00 pm contest.
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