W&L Field Hockey Falls in Season-Opener to John's Hopkins, 4-0

W&L Field Hockey Falls in Season-Opener to John's Hopkins, 4-0

LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee field hockey team dropped its season opener on Friday to John's Hopkins, 4-0. The Blue Jays notched two goals in each half on their way to victory.

JHU broke the deadlock in the third minute when senior midfielder Allison Thompson (Lansdale, Pa./William Penn Charter) ripped a shot past sophomore goalkeeper Megan Axelrod (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver School). The Blue Jays added another score with 10 minutes left in the half, as junior forward Alexa Lantiere (Sag Harbor, N.Y./Pierson) snuck the ball just inside the near post to push the lead to 2-0.

The Generals had their chances in the opening half, but couldn't put the ball past sophomore goalkeeper Zoey Atabek (Mount Laurel, N.J./Lenape). Senior Victoria Van Natten (Towson, Md./Towson) had two scoring opportunities in the first, but Atabek deflected each away from the cage.

The Blue Jays tallied their third goal 10 minutes into the second half. Senior forward Shelby Graham (Goshen, Ky./Sacred Heart Academy) collected the ball in front of the cage and stuffed it in for the score. Johns Hopkins added its final goal with nine minutes to play on first-year forward Liz Stillman's (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) first collegiate goal.

The defense kept the Blue and White in the contest for most of the game as Axelrod totaled eight saves, and first-year defender Noelani Schulmeyer (Glen Arm, Md./St. Paul's School), junior defender Caroline Andress (Charlotte, N.C./Episcopal) and senior defender Riley Hampsch (Hopedale, Mass./Hopedale) each recorded a defensive save. Atabek stopped four W&L shots.

The Blue Jays led in penalty corners, 8-6, and held the advantage in shots, 20-8. The Generals return to the turf on Sunday when they host Goucher at 12:00 pm.

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