Faria Registers OT Game-Winner to Send No. 8 Generals Past No. 4 Salisbury, 14-13

Maddy Graves '19 looks to pass.

LEXINGTON, Va. — The eighth-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team scored six of the final seven goals of the game, and first-year attacker Katherine Faria (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) registered the overtime game-winner with 1:22 left in the extra session, as the Generals knocked off fourth-ranked Salisbury, 14-13, on Saturday at Watt Field.

With 19:54 remaining in the second half, the Sea Gulls (2-1) recorded their 12th goal of the game to take a 12-8 lead over the Blue and White (3-1). Faria scored at the 19:11 mark to pull W&L to within three (12-9), and then senior midfielder Cordelia Peters (Larkspur, Calif./Hotchkiss) registered a goal off a feed from senior attacker Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine's) to trim the margin to 12-10 with 12:08 on the clock.

Salisbury notched its final goal (13-10) of the contest just a little over a minute later when senior attacker Lindsey Wagner found senior attacker Gabby Mongno cutting to the cage. Mongno received the pass just in front of the crease and then beat senior goalkeeper Ellie Aburn (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) inside the left post.

Faria answered with her third tally of the contest with 10:09 on the clock off an assist from Peters. Senior attacker Maddy Graves (Cos Cob, Conn./Greenwich) scored the final two goals of regulation off of free position shots to tie the game, 13-13.

The first came from the left side with 8:35 left in the contest and five seconds remaining on the possession clock. Graves went high with her stick and shot down toward the cage and the ball bounced past junior goalkeeper Skye Graham for the score. The tying goal came with 2:06 to go in the period, and Graves had a free position attempt at the top of the eight-meter arc. Graves again went high with her stick and shot between Graham's legs for the equalizer.

The Generals secured the ensuing draw control, but Graham intercepted a W&L pass to give Salisbury the final opportunity of the stanza, but the Sea Gulls turned it over the in the closing seconds to send the game to overtime.

W&L won the draw to start the first half of overtime and looked to have the winning goal, but Peters' shot with 2:18 on the clock hit the right post and Salisbury recovered the rebound. In the final minute of the first half of overtime, the Sea Gulls had two point-blank opportunities to win the game, but Aburn saved both to force the teams to switch sides and play the final three-minute half of the extra period.

The Blue and White again won the draw control, and then both teams turned it over to give W&L possession with 2:21 on the clock. The Generals cleared the ball and called timeout to set up the game-winning tally.

Peters took the ball behind the cage of the left side and flipped a pass to sophomore attacker Landon Shelley (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) on the right side. Shelley popped it out to sophomore midfielder Claire Fulton (Hagerstown, Md./Saint James School), and then Fulton quickly passed it to a cutting Faria who buried a shot into the net inside the left post to give the Generals the win with 1:22 left in overtime.

Faria totaled four goals and one assist in the game to push her season goals total to 14. Shelley notched three goals, while Tucker had two goals and an assist. Peters contributed one goal and two assists, Graves had two tallies and Fulton finished with two goals and one assist.

Aburn played the final 24:32 in goal, stopping three shots and allowing one goal to secure the victory. Junior Elliot Gilbert (Bedford, N.Y./Deerfield Academy) played the opening 40:06 and made four saves.

Junior defender Caitlin Anderson (Manhasset, N.Y. Manhasset) registered a career-high nine draw controls, four caused turnovers and four ground balls. Tucker added five draw controls and two ground balls to her points total.

Junior attacker Gianna Demato notched four goals to lead Salisbury, while Mongno and sophomore attacker Emma Skoglund each had three goals. Wagner registered two goals and three assists, while sophomore attacker Alexis Strobel recorded four assists.

Graham played the full 64:38 for the Sea Gulls and made 11 saves. The Generals held a 19-11 advantage in draw controls and won the final nine of the game.

W&L returns to action next Saturday, when it plays at top-ranked Gettysburg at 1:00 pm.

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