W&L Field Hockey Falls to Shenandoah, 2-1, in 2 OT

W&L Field Hockey Falls to Shenandoah, 2-1, in 2 OT

WINCHESTER, Va. – Senior midfielder Kelani Bailey scored off an assist from senior midfielder Presha Merritt with 1:16 left in double-overtime to lift Shenandoah to a 2-1 victory over Washington and Lee on Friday evening at Shentel Stadium.

The Generals (7-6, 3-1) tied the game with 5:23 left in regulation when first-year midfielder Audrey Brady (Far Hills, N.J. / Brooks School) found the goal off a cross played in front of the goal by sophomore defender Maggie Sands (Glen Arm, Md. / Notre Dame Prep).

Both teams had several scoring opportunities in each of the extra sessions, but neither could break through until Merritt played the ball to Bailey who got a touch from the corner of goal, beating W&L first-year goalkeeper Ariyel Yavalar (Baltimore, Md. / Garrison Forest School) for the game-winner.

Neither team could find the goal in the first half, but the Hornets (9-4, 4-0) struck first at the 39:27 mark with a goal by senior defender Alana Meadows off an assist from Bailey.

Shenandoah held a 28-12 advantage in shots, while W&L had a 6-4 edge in penalty corners.  Yavalar played all 98:44 in goal and recorded 17 saves in the contest, the sixth-most stops in program history.  Junior Jessica Brown also played the duration for the Hornets, making seven saves.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday, October 24 when it travels to Randolph-Macon for an 11:00 am contest.

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