MEMPHIS, TENN. – The Washington and Lee field hockey team suffered its first loss of the 2014 season on Friday, falling to Rhodes by a score of 2-1 in Memphis.
The Generals (3-1) held a 6-5 edge in shots during the first half of play, but it was the Lynx (2-1) that grabbed an early 1-0 lead when junior forward Evy Royther scored off an assist from sophomore forward Erin Best at the 18:33 mark.
It remained a one-goal contest until sophomore forward Christina DiFelice found the cage unassisted 5:59 into the second half to give Rhodes a 2-0 lead.
W&L climbed to within a goal at 63:31 as sophomore forward Maggie Waxter (Baltimore, Md. / Roland Park Country School) scored off a feed from sophomore forward Allie Barry (Beverly, Mass. / Brooks School), but the Generals could not get off another shot in the final 6:29 as the Lynx claimed the victory.
The Generals held a 9-8 advantage in shots, sending five shots on goal as opposed to just three for Rhodes. The Lynx claimed an 8-6 edge in penalty corners.
Junior Megan Axelrod (Denver, Colo. / Kent Denver School) started and played the first 58:00 in goal, allowing two goals with one save. The Generals pulled Axelrod with 12 minutes left in the game, and competed with an extra position player to try and score the equalizer in the final minutes.
Sophomore Erin Baily played all 70 minutes in cage for the Lynx, posting three saves with one goal allowed.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it takes on Sewanee at Rhodes at 12:00 pm CDT.