LEXINGTON, Va. — Senior attacker Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine's) scored with 33 seconds left in the game, as the third-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team edged St. Mary's (Md.), 14-13, on Saturday at Watt Field. Junior attacker Dani Murray (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver) also had a season-high five goals in the contest.
The contest was tied, 13-13, after first-year attacker Lucy Gussio scored for the Seahawks (4-3) with 2:41 on the clock in the second half. St. Mary's (Md.) won the ensuing draw control, but sophomore defender Catherine Arrix (Darien, Conn./Darien) deflected a pass and recovered the ground ball to give the Generals (5-2) possession with 1:48 left in the game.
Immediately after the change of possession, a Seahawk attacker was issued a yellow card for making contact with junior goalkeeper Elliot Gilbert's (Bedford, N.Y./Deerfield Academy) head with her stick. With the player advantage, W&L cleared the ball and then called timeout with 52 seconds remaining.
Out of the stoppage, Tucker was awarded a free position shot with 34 seconds to go in the contest. From the top of the eight-meter arc, Tucker drove toward the cage and beat senior goalkeeper Emma Brown with a shot just inside the right post in what proved to be the game-winning tally.
Senior attacker Rebecca Wellford (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) secured the victory, when she out-raced a St. Mary's player on the subsequent draw control to gain possession, which allowed the Generals to run out the clock.
Murray needed just eight shots to total her five goals. She had three in the first half and then two in the second stanza. Tucker finished with two goals, three assists and eight draw controls. First-year attacker Katherine Faria (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) notched two goals and one assist and Wellford recorded two goals.
Arrix had two caused turnovers and two ground balls, while junior defender Caitlin Anderson (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) tallied six draw controls, three ground balls and one caused turnover.
Gilbert played the first 30 minutes of the game and then subbed back in for the final 10:40 of the second half. She totaled three saves to earn the win. Brown saw all 60 minutes of action, stopping nine shots.
The Generals held a 30-23 advantage in shots and committed 11 turnovers compared to 15 for St. Mary's (Md.).
Senior midfielder Caitlin Katchmar led the Seahawks with three goals and two assists. Gussio came off the bench for three goals, while junior midfielder Jodi Credit had two goals and one assist.
The Generals open ODAC play on Tuesday, when they host Randolph at 4:30 pm.
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