LEXINGTON, Va. — Senior forward Candice Stefanic (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) recorded her first career hat trick to lead the Washington and Lee field hockey team to a 4-0 victory over Sweet Briar on Wednesday at the W&L Turf Field.
Stefanic scored the Generals' (10-7, 4-4 ODAC) first three goals with two coming in the opening half. In the eighth minute, she received a pass across the circle from first-year forward Grace Bowen (Hampton, Va./Hampton Roads Academy), and then Stefanic stuffed the ball inside the near post. It marked the first collegiate assist and point for Bowen.
With 20:18 left in the half, Stefanic stretched the W&L lead to 2-0. The Vixens (1-16, 0-8 ODAC) were whistled for a penalty corner, and first-year midfielder Abby Avery (Houston, Texas/St. John's) inserted the ball to the near side of the circle. Stefanic collected the pass just inside the circle, and then beat junior goalkeeper Katie Torretti (Lemon Grove, Calif./Bishops School) for her second goal of the game.
The score remained 2-0, as the two teams went into intermission, but Stefanic notched her third goal of the contest just 2:34 into the second half. A long pass ahead hit a running Stefanic as she entered the circle. She took a shot that was stopped by Torretti, but she knocked the rebound into the cage to register the hat trick.
The three goals pushed Stefanic's season total to 10, and move her into solo fifth on W&L's all-time goals scored list. She now has 22 in her four seasons, as she passed Amy Volkmann '07 who finished her career with 20.
The hat trick was also the third of the season by a General, as sophomore forward Maggie Waxter (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) and junior forward Charlotte MacDonald (Bluemont, Va./Foxcroft) each had one earlier this month. This marks the first time in program history that the Generals have had three hat tricks in one season.
Senior midfielder Lindsey Purpura (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth) scored the Blue and White's final goal of the game off an assist from Waxter. It marked Purpura's third tally of the year.
Junior goalkeeper Megan Axelrod (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver School) played the full 70 minutes and made two saves to earn her third shutout of the season. Torretti also played the entire contest, making nine saves. Sophomore midfielder Allison McLamb (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) had one defensive save for SBC.
W&L out-shot the Vixens, 24-3, and held a 10-0 advantage in penalty corners.
This marked the final regular-season game for the Generals. The team has secured the fifth seed in the ODAC Tournament and will travel to the fourth seed on Saturday. The fourth seed will not be determined until the conclusion of all the ODAC contests on Wednesday.
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