W&L Field Hockey Shuts Out the Maroons, 5-0

W&L Field Hockey Shuts Out the Maroons, 5-0

LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee field hockey team tallied a season-high five goals, and held Roanoke scoreless in a 5-0 ODAC victory on Tuesday at the W&L Turf Field.

The offense spread the scoring around, as five different Generals (3-11, 2-3 ODAC) tallied a goal. First-year midfielder Kendall Peterson (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) initiated the offensive outburst 1:52 into the contest.

Off a penalty corner, first-year defender Noelani Schulmeyer (Glen Arm, Md./St. Paul's School) inserted the ball to the top of the circle, junior midfielder Lindsey Purpura (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth) stopped it and Peterson fired the ball into the back of the cage for her first collegiate goal.

The Blue and White pushed the lead to 2-0 at the 9:23 mark. After Peterson passed the ball to sophomore forward Charlotte MacDonald (Bluemont, Va./Foxcroft) on the near post, MacDonald stuffed it through the legs of the Maroons' (2-11, 1-4 ODAC) goalkeeper.

Sophomore forward Sydney Tomaso (St. Louis, Mo./Villa Duchesne) extended the lead to three at 13:31. She collected a rebound from two yards out, and slipped the ball inside the far post. Just 36 seconds later, junior forward Candice Stefanic (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) tallied W&L's fourth goal, as she beat junior goalkeeper Candice Fisher (Baltimore, Md./Garrison Forest School) one on one for her first score of the year.

Senior defender Riley Hampsch (Hopedale, Mass./Hopedale) recorded the team's final goal with 45 seconds left in the half. On a counter, MacDonald ripped the ball into the scoring circle on the far side, and Hampsch deflected it into the cage for her first goal of the season.

The Generals' defense stymied Roanoke in the first half, holding the Maroons to just one shot. Sophomore goalkeeper Sally Curtiss (Morristown, N.J./Madison) started the game for W&L and stopped the only shot she faced.

Sophomore Megan Axelrod (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver School) subbed in at halftime for the Blue and White and played the final 35 minutes in front of the cage. The Roanoke offense awoke in the final period, but Axelrod registered eight saves to preserve the shutout.

For the contest, W&L led in shots, 26-16, and in penalty corners, 14-9. Fisher played the full 70 minutes in goal and made 14 saves, while allowing five goals.

The Generals continue ODAC play on Thursday when they travel to Shenandoah for a 7:00 pm game.

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