LEXINGTON, Va. — The top-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team scored the first 14 goals of the game en route to a 25-2 victory over Virginia Wesleyan to extend its win streak 10 games on Friday at Wilson Field.
Senior attacker Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine's) struck first just 1:55 into the first half to put the Generals (13-2, 7-0 ODAC) in front. Junior attacker Dani Murray (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver) then registered back-to-back goals, followed by a tally from first-year attacker Katherine Faria (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) to give W&L a 4-0 edge by the 26:42 mark.
A bolt of lightning momentarily halted the Blue and White run with 24:08 on the clock, as the teams left the field for a 32-minute weather delay. After the interruption, the Generals quickly scored 10 goals over the next 13 minutes to extend the margin to 14-0 by the 11:15 mark.
During the 10-goal stretch, senior attacker Cordelia Peters (Larkspur, Calif./Hotchkiss) had two goals and an assist, while senior attacker Rebecca Wellford (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) added two goals. The Marlins (7-7, 3-4 ODAC) scored their first goal with 5:37 left in the half off a shot from junior midfielder Tori Manahan, but W&L then closed the game on an 11-1 run to secure the victory.
The Generals had four players with at least three goals. Tucker had four goals and one assist, along with a season-high 13 draw controls and five caused turnovers. With the four goals, Tucker now has 51 this season, which is tied for the sixth-best single-season total in W&L history.
Peters also had four goals and one assist for five points. Senior midfielder Brianna Hayes (Commack, N.Y./St. Anthony's) notched three goals, as did senior attacker Maddy Graves (Cos Cob, Conn./Greenwich). Murray, Faria and Wellford each had two goals.
Sophomore attacker Landon Shelley (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) registered a game-high four assists. She now has 36 this year, which is tied for the fourth-best in a single-season in program history. Shelley also pushed her career total to 60 to move into a tie for sixth on the W&L all-time list.
Junior attacker Collette Murray (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) totaled one goal and three assists. Junior midfielder Claire Fulton (Hagerstown, Md./Saint James School), first-year midfielders Maggie Frankel (Oyster Bay, N.Y./Oyster Bay) and Liv Truesdell (New York, N.Y./Convent of the Sacred Heart) and first-year attacker Janie Stillwell (Alexandria, Va./Episcopal) all had one tally to give the Blue and White 12 goal scorers in the contest.
Sophomore defender Catherine Arrix (Darien, Conn./Darien) also notched her first collegiate assist. Junior Elliot Gilbert (Bedford, N.Y./Deerfield Academy) played the first 25:05 in goal, making two saves to earn the victory. Senior Ellie Aburn (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) saw the final 34:55 of action.
The Generals held a 37-5 advantage in shots, an 11-6 lead in ground balls and a 22-7 spread in draw controls. Virginia Wesleyan also turned it over 15 times compared to eight for W&L.
First-year AJ Adan started and played 37:07 for VWU, allowing 11 goals with four saves. Sophomore Mike Hairston saw 22:53 of action and did not register a save, while allowing 14 goals. Junior attacker Ashley Campos and Manahan scored the two goals for the Marlins.
The game was originally scheduled to be played on Watt Field but the heavy rains on Friday forced the game to be moved to Wilson Field and delayed the start of the contest by 22 minutes. The Generals return to action on Wednesday at Shenandoah at 6:00 pm.
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