LEXINGTON, Va. — Senior attacker Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine's) registered six goals and three assists to propel the second-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team to a 17-5 victory over Randolph-Macon on Wednesday at Watt Field.
The Yellow Jackets (4-6, 2-1 ODAC) struck first, scoring just 1:24 into the opening half off a goal from senior midfielder Hannah Jones. Tucker answered with back-to-back goals to put W&L (10-2, 4-0 ODAC) in front, 2-1, by the 22:42 mark. Senior midfielder Brianna Hayes (Commack, N.Y./St. Anthony's) then extended the lead to 3-1 on a free position shot with 14:07 left in the period.
R-MC pulled to within one (3-2) on a tally by junior attacker Mary Castle with 11:46 on the clock, but then over the next five minutes, the Blue and White recorded three straight goals with two by Tucker and one from first-year attacker Katherine Faria (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) to push the margin to 6-2 at the 6:38 mark. Sophomore attacker Bella Samper scored with 11 seconds to go in the half to trim the deficit to three (6-3) at intermission.
The Generals put the game away in the first 15 minutes of the second half, notching five consecutive goals to stretch the lead to 11-3. W&L had five players score during the spurt, with Tucker striking first, followed by goals from sophomore attacker Landon Shelley (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park), junior attacker Collette Murray (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset), senior attacker Rebecca Wellford (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) and capped with Faria's second tally of the game.
Jones momentarily stopped the onslaught with a goal at the 15:03 mark, but then W&L closed the contest on a 6-1 run to come away with the 12-goal win. The Blue and White passed the ball efficiently in the second half, registering an assist on seven of their 11 goals, while only committing four second-period turnovers.
Along with her six goals and three assists, Tucker had five draw controls and two caused turnovers. Over her last four games, she has 20 goals and six assists. Shelley distributed the ball on offense with a game-high four assist to go with her lone tally.
Wellford had two goals, two assists and a game-high seven draw controls. Murray finished with three goals, Faria had two, senior attacker Maddy Graves (Cos Cob, Conn./Greenwich) contributed two goals and Hayes had one.
Junior defender Caitlin Anderson (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) chipped in four draw controls and three ground balls, and first-year defender Caroline Hall (Henrico, Va./Collegiate School) totaled two caused turnovers. Junior goalkeeper Elliot Gilbert (Bedford, N.Y./Deerfield Academy) played 49:40 of the contest, making six saves and registering three ground balls. Senior Ellie Aburn (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) saw the final 10:20 of action.
The Generals held a 16-8 advantage in the draw control circle while taking 36 shots compared to 14 for R-MC.
Jones led the Yellow Jackets with two goals, while first-year midfielder McKenzie Hynson had four draw controls and two ground balls. Castle notched one goal and two caused turnovers. Junior goalkeeper Elicia Wells played all 60 minutes in cage, stopping 12 shots.
The Generals will break for finals and return to action on Saturday, April 13, at Lynchburg at 1:00 pm.
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