LEXINGTON, Va. — Senior forward Candice Stefanic (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) and first-year midfielder Sarah Arrington (Salisbury, Md./Worcester Prep) each scored a goal in the opening half to lead the Washington and Lee field hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Virginia Wesleyan at the W&L Turf Field on Wednesday.
The Generals (7-5, 1-2 ODAC) tallied the first goal of the game at the 22:46 mark. Senior midfielder Lindsey Purpura (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth) struck the ball from just outside of the circle, and first-year midfielder Abby Avery (Houston, Texas/St. John's) deflected it directly to Stefanic on the near post. Stefanic then stuffed the ball into the open cage. It marked Stefanic's sixth goal of the season and the first collegiate assist for Avery.
The Blue and White pushed the lead to 2-0 just under a minute later on Arrington's first collegiate goal. Sophomore midfielder Allie Barry (Beverly, Mass./Brooks School) shot the ball across the cage just inside the circle on the near side, and then Arrington deflected the pass into the far corner of the goal. It marked Barry's second assist on the year.
W&L took the 2-0 advantage into intermission, but the Marlins (3-8, 1-2 ODAC) cut the lead in half with 22 minutes left in the contest. Sophomore midfielder Maddie Smith (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) converted a penalty stroke by beating first-year goalkeeper Jacqueline Llewellyn (Camp Hill, Pa./Camp Hill). Neither team found the back of the cage in the final 20 minutes, which gave the Generals the 2-1 win.
Junior goalkeeper Megan Axelrod (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver School) played the first 35 minutes for W&L, making one save. Llewellyn played the entire second half, and stopped four shots, while allowing one goal. Senior goalkeeper Lindsay Baker (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) kept VWC in the contest, making 11 saves in 70 minutes.
The Generals took 21 shots, including 15 in the opening half, compared to just eight total shots for the Marlins. Each team had four penalty corners.
W&L returns to action on Saturday, when they host Shenandoah at 2:00 pm. W&L will also honor its four seniors before the contest.
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