GAMBIER, Ohio – The Washington and Lee field hockey team recorded its first win of the 2019 campaign, producing a 1-0 road victory over Kenyon on Saturday afternoon.
The Generals (1-2) assumed the lead early on when senior forward Lauren Paolano (Huntington, N.Y. / Cold Spring Harbor) scored off a penalty corner in the first quarter. Paolano ripped a shot from the top of the circle off an assist from senior defender Olivia Hewitt (St. Louis, Mo. / Visitation Academy), beating Kenyon sophomore goalkeeper Suzy Deems just 12:31 into the contest.
The W&L defense made the goal stand up, thwarting several good scoring chances for Kenyon (1-2) in the second half. The Ladies sent 11 shots towards goal across the final two periods. Successive saves by W&L sophomore goalkeeper Sara Amil (North Caldwell, N.J. / West Essex) and a defensive save by junior defender Caroline Caruso (Millersville, Md. / Archbishop Spalding) early in the second half were among the key plays in preserving the shutout win.
Amil finished with seven saves in 60 minutes of action. For the game, Kenyon held a 16-11 advantage in shots and an 11-8 edge in penalty corners.
Deems played the first half for Kenyon, making two saves. First-year Payton Doan spelled Deems for the final 30 minutes, posting one stop.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Sunday when it travels to Denison for an 11:00 am contest.