LEXINGTON, Va. — Trailing 7-4 with 27 minutes left in the game, the 13th-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team went on a 6-0 run in a span of nine minutes en route to a 10-9 upset over seventh-ranked Franklin & Marshall on Saturday at Wilson Field.
A goal by first-year midfielder Tabitha Rodriguez with 26:54 left in the second half pushed the Diplomats (0-1) in front, 7-4, which marked their largest lead of the game. The Generals (2-1) then gained possession after senior attacker Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine's) intercepted a pass, and she found junior attacker Dani Murray (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver) cutting in front of the goal. Murray quickly sent a high shot past senior goalkeeper Julia McKay to bring W&L to within two (7-5) at the 25:55 mark.
Just short of two minutes later on a free-position opportunity, senior attacker Brianna Hayes (Commack, N.Y./St. Anthony's) sent a pass across the front of the cage, and sophomore attacker Landon Shelley (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) curled around McKay, firing the ball into the back of the net to trim the deficit to 7-6 with 23:59 on the clock.
The Blue and White then tied the contest at the 22:37 mark, when first-year attacker Katherine Faria (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) set up a darting Hayes, who finished the tally in the far right side of the goal. The W&L onslaught continued 52 seconds later, when Faria scored on a free-position shot to give the Generals an 8-7 advantage.
Tucker then split two defenders shooting into the top right corner of the cage to stretch the Blue and White lead to 9-7 at the 21:14 mark. Tucker capped the 6-0 run off a feed from the Faria for her third goal of the game to extend the spread to three (10-7) with 17:57 left in the contest.
The Diplomats shored up their defense, holding the Generals scoreless the rest of the contest. F&M trimmed the deficit to two, 10-8, on a free-position goal by Rodriguez at the 11:53 mark, and then Rodriguez brought Franklin & Marshall to within one (10-9) with her fourth goal of the contest with 2:37 left on the clock.
F&M had two chances to tie the game in the final two minutes, but both shots missed the cage. Junior defender Caitlin Anderson (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) then checked the ball away from an F&M attacker with 1:09 remaining in the game and picked up the ground ball.
W&L turned it over on its clear opportunity, but an immediate turnover by Diplomats gave the ball back to the Generals. W&L then ran out the clock to preserve the victory.
Tucker and Faria each had three goals for the Generals. Along with the three goals, Tucker also had one assist, six draw controls, four ground balls and three caused turnovers. With the six draw controls, Tucker has 181 in her four seasons and is only nine away from tying the W&L program record of 190 held by Alex Van Horn.
Faria added two assists to her three tallies for five points. Hayes registered one goal and two assists. First-year defender Caroline Hall (Henrico, Va./Collegiate School) had three caused turnovers and sophomore defender Catherine Arrix (Darien, Conn./Darien) notched four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Junior goalkeeper Elliot Gilbert (Bedford, N.Y./Deerfield Academy) made two saves in 60 minutes to earn the win.
Rodriguez totaled her four goals on just five shots. Senior midfielder Caroline Kolva had three goals and one assist. Sophomore defender Anya Chopporian recorded four caused turnovers. McKay played the full game in goal, stopping six shots.
The Generals return to action next Saturday, when they host fourth-ranked Salisbury at 2:00 pm.
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