MEMPHIS, TENN. – The Washington and Lee field hockey team gave up a goal in the first 51 seconds of the game, but recovered to score three first-half goals in posting a 4-2 victory over Sewanee on Saturday at Rhodes College.
Sophomore forward Kat Mulligan opened the scoring for the Tigers (0-3) when she found the cage off an assist from sophomore midfielder Carrie Anderson less than one minute into the contest.
W&L (4-1) did not take long to find the equalizer as sophomore forward Allie Barry (Beverly, Mass. / Brooks School) scored off an assist from sophomore defender Kendall Peterson (Towson, Md. / Notre Dame Prep) at 4:12 to make it 1-1.
The Generals assumed their first lead of the contest at the 15:20 mark when senior midfielder Lindsey Purpura (Yarmouth, Maine / Yarmouth) scored unassisted. Sophomore forward Maggie Waxter (Baltimore, Md. / Roland Park Country School) added another tally 1:10 later for a 3-1 W&L lead.
Sewanee climbed back to within a goal (3-2) on a tally by first-year midfielder Sarah Barry at 19:04 and the Generals carried the one-goal advantage into the halftime break.
Senior forward Candice Stefanic (Berwyn, Pa. / Conestoga) put the game away just 2:29 into the second half when she found the cage unassisted.
The Generals held the Tigers to just four shots in the second half en route to holding a 19-13 edge in shots. Sewanee had 10 penalty corners as opposed to just four for W&L.
Junior Megan Axelrod (Denver, Colo. / Kent Denver School) played all 70 minutes in goal for the Generals, recording six saves.
Sophomore Gabrielle Fignar started and played the first half in goal for the Tigers, allowing three goals with no saves. First-year Katya Waters played the second half, making five saves with one goal allowed.
Washington and Lee returns to action next Saturday when it hosts McDaniel for a 2:00 pm contest.