First-Half Run Sends No. 1 Generals Past Bridgewater, 22-3

Dani Murray '20 and Katherine Faria '22 celebrate a goal.

LEXINGTON, Va. — With five goals each from junior attacker Dani Murray (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver) and senior attacker Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine's), the top-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team cruised to a 22-3 win over Bridgewater on Wednesday at Watt Field. The victory was the ninth straight for the Generals (12-2, 6-0 ODAC), as 10 Blue and White players scored in the contest.

W&L led 5-2 with 20:49 left in the opening half, but then the team notched eight straight goals to take firm control of the game. First-year attacker Liv Truesdell (New York, N.Y./Convent of the Sacred Heart) ignited the run with a goal off an assist from senior attacker Cordelia Peters (Larkspur, Calif./Hotchkiss) at the 18:53 mark. Tucker added her third goal of the contest a minute later to put W&L in front, 7-2.

Peters and Murray then alternated scoring the next four goals, as the Blue and White pushed the margin to 11-2 with 13:49 remaining in the period. Senior attacker Maddy Graves (Cos Cob, Conn./Greenwich) got on the board with an assist to sophomore attacker Landon Shelley (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) just 16 seconds later to stretch the lead to 10, 12-2.

Murray capped the spurt with 9:50 on the clock for her third tally of the game. Senior attacker Anna O'Hara scored at the 8:25 mark for the Eagles (4-11, 3-4 ODAC), but it proved to be the final goal for Bridgewater, as the Generals outscored the Eagles, 9-0, over the remaining 38 minutes of action.

Tucker added one assist, and eight draw controls to her five goals in the contest. She now has 47 tallies on the year, which is the eighth-best single-season total in program history. Murray's five goals tied a season high.

Shelley had four assists, moving her season total to 32, which is the sixth-best single-season mark in program history. She also pushed her career total to 56, which is tied for eighth-most in W&L history. Peters ended the game with three goals and one assist, and Truesdell had two goals and one assist.

Sophomore midfielder Claire Fulton (Hagerstown, Md./Saint James School) was the fifth General to register multiple goals, ending the game with two. She also notched a team-best three caused turnovers. First-year attacker Katherine Faria (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) had one goal and two assists and Graves added a goal and an assist.

Sophomore attacker Alex Meyer (Pelham, N.Y./Hackley School), and first-year midfielders Maggie Frankel (Oyster Bay, N.Y./Oyster Bay) and Izzy Shaffrey (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle) each recorded one goal. Junior attacker Collette Murray (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset), senior attacker Rebecca Wellford (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) and first-year attacker Janie Stillwell (Alexandria, Va./Episcopal) each had an assist.

The Generals led in shots, 33-6, in ground balls, 22-9, and had a 16-11 edge in draw controls. W&L was 13-of-14 on clears, while the Eagles were just 7-of-17.

The Blue and White used all four goalkeepers with junior Elliot Gilbert (Bedford, N.Y./Deerfield Academy) starting the game and playing the first 30 minutes. Senior Ellie Aburn (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) and first-years Sam Sunar (Montville, N.J./Mountain Lakes) and Nyla Gavia (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) split the second half of action.

Senior midfielder Kristen Stark led Bridgewater with one goal and one assist. Sophomore goalkeeper Mikaela Brooks played all 60 minutes, stopping eight shots.

The Generals return to action on Friday against Virginia Wesleyan, with a new game time of 11:30 am. The game was moved up to avoid the severe weather forecasted for later in the day on Friday.

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