Bernard Propels W&L Field Hockey to 3-1 Upset Over No. 10 Lynchburg

Bernard Propels W&L Field Hockey to 3-1 Upset Over No. 10 Lynchburg

LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee field hockey team scored three second-half goals, including two from first-year midfielder Kendall Bernard (Houston, Texas/St. John's School), to upset 10th-ranked Lynchburg, 3-1, on Saturday at the W&L Turf Field.

The Hornets (8-1, 1-1 ODAC) took a 1-0 lead into halftime, but the Generals (5-5, 1-1 ODAC) came out and controlled the ball for most of the second half. W&L tied the game (1-1) off a penalty corner with 25:30 on the clock. From the top of the circle, the ball was struck to the far side. Junior forward Maggie Waxter (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) corralled the ball and passed it in front of the cage to Bernard on the near side. Bernard then pushed the ball into the cage for her first collegiate goal.

The Generals took a 2-1 lead just a minute and a half later. With a ball free on the far side of the circle, first-year forward Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine's School) struck the ball which popped off the top of junior goalkeeper Beka Hess' (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville) pads and into the cage to give W&L a 2-1 advantage.

Lynchburg then started to pressure the Blue and White every time they had the ball, which led to a counter attack by Bernard with less than 10 minutes to play. The midfielder got behind the defense, and beat Hess one-on-one to the far side of the cage for her second goal of the contest to push the W&L lead to the final margin of 3-1 with 7:02 on the clock.

First-year goalkeeper Ariyel Yavalar (Baltimore, Md./Garrison Forest School) played the full 70 minutes for the Blue and White, and stopped four shots. Hess suffered her first loss of the season, while making four saves. Lynchburg led in shots, 13-11, while the Generals held a 6-3 advantage in penalty corners.

The Hornets scored the first goal of the game in the fourth minute of the opening half. First-year midfielder Nikki Simpao (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) made a long pass along the end line and found senior attacker Catherine Rogerson (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) on the far side of the cage. Rogerson redirected the ball into the cage for the goal.  

This marked the first win for the Generals over the Hornets since the ODAC Championship game in 2005, and this was the first conference loss for Lynchburg since 2008.

W&L continues ODAC play on Wednesday when it hosts Roanoke for a 7:00 pm contest.

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