LEXINGTON, Va. — Sophomore forward Maggie Waxter (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) registered her first career hat trick to lead the W&L field hockey team to a 4-1 victory over Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday at the W&L Turf Field.
Waxter tallied her first goal 3:34 into the first half. Sophomore forward Allie Barry (Beverly, Mass./Brooks School) took a shot that sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Daley (Lothian, Md./Southern) stopped, but Waxter collected the rebound and knocked into the far corner of the cage. She recorded her second goal six minutes later on an assist from Barry.
The Generals (8-6, 2-3 ODAC) stretched the lead to 3-0 with 3:59 left in the first half on junior forward Charlotte MacDonald's (Bluemont, Va./Foxcroft) fifth goal of the season. Senior midfielder Mary Virginia Long (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal) registered an assist on the play. She fired a shot from just outside the circle, which MacDonald deflected over Daley's shoulder.
The Royals (3-11, 2-3 ODAC) scored their only goal five minutes into the second half. Junior forward Melissa Cox (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield) collected a deflected shot and rolled the ball into the far corner of the cage.
Waxter tallied her final goal and pushed the game to its final margin, 4-1, with 12:07 left in the contest. MacDonald controlled the ball outside the circle, and passed it to Waxter in front of the cage. Daley overplayed the pass, which allowed Waxter to stuff the ball into the back of the cage unimpeded.
The three goals marked the most in a game by a General this season, and now gives Waxter 10 on the year. The three goals are tied for the third most by a W&L player in a single game, with Steph Mansey last achieving the feat in 2009.
First-year Jacqueline Llewellyn (Camp Hill, Pa./Camp Hill) made her first career start at goalkeeper for the Blue and White. She made two saves and did not allow a goal in 47:07. Junior Megan Axelrod (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver School) played 22:53 in front of the cage, allowing one goal with two saves. Daley played the full 70 minutes, stopping 10 shots.
W&L finished with 21 shots compared to nine for EMU, and the Blue and White held a 6-5 advantage in penalty corners.
The Generals next play at Roanoke on Wednesday, October 22, at 7:00 pm.
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