Waxter Notches Hat Trick in 3-2 OT Win Over No. 12 Catholic

Waxter Notches Hat Trick in 3-2 OT Win Over No. 12 Catholic

LEXINGTON, Va. — Junior forward Maggie Waxter (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) scored 2:23 into overtime to give the Washington and Lee field hockey team a 3-2 victory over 12th-ranked Catholic on Monday at the W&L Turf Field. Waxter scored all three goals for W&L, which marked the second hat trick of her career.

The Generals (3-4) were trailing the Cardinals (5-2), 2-1, with 20 minutes to go in the game. At the 56:17 mark, W&L was awarded a penalty corner. The ball was inserted to the top of the circle, and then passed to junior midfielder Kendall Peterson (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) on the left side. Peterson fired a shot toward the goal and Waxter deflected the ball over the keeper to tie the contest at 2-2.

Each team had chances in the final 13 minutes to score they game-winning goal, but came up empty. In overtime, CUA had the first opportunity, but first-year goalkeeper Ariyel Yavalar (Baltimore, Md./Garrison Forest School) stopped sophomore midfielder Marisa Martinelli's (Eagleville, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) shot 1:04 into the period.

The Generals eventually moved the ball into the Cardinals' end with first-year midfielder Audrey Brady (Far Hills, N.J./Brooks School) shooting from the top of the circle at the 72:19 mark. Junior goalkeeper Annalisa Scott (Hershey, Pa./Lower Dauphin) made the stop, but Waxter gathered the rebound, dribbled around the keeper and fired the ball into the left side of the cage to give W&L the victory.

Waxter registered her first goal of the game 9:28 into the opening half. The ball was shot from the right side, and then Brady deflected it past Scott. Waxter, all by herself, knocked in the loose ball on the left side. Waxter becomes just the fourth player in program history with multiple hat tricks in her career.

Catholic tied the game at 1-1 in the 17th minute off the stick of senior midfielder Madalyn Dennis (Reading, Pa./Berks Catholic). First-year midfielder Lane Adams (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga) shot the ball in from the left side and Dennis deflected it into the cage.

The Cardinals took a 2-1 lead 1:17 into the second half on a long strike by sophomore forward Rachel Day (Columbia, Md./Atholton). From just inside the circle on the right side, Day fired a shot that hit the left post and bounced into the cage.

Yavalar played the full 72:23 in goal for the Generals and made six saves. Sophomore defender Lilly MacDonald (Bluemont, Va./Foxcroft School) also recorded a defensive save. Scott played the entire game, allowing all three goals and making eight saves.

The Cardinals led in shots, 18-12, and held a 10-5 advantage in penalty corners. The win marked the first overtime victory for W&L since it defeated Shenandoah, 3-2, on October 9, 2012.

The Generals return to action on Sunday, when they travel to St. Mary's (Md.) for a 2:00 pm game.

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