No. 1 Generals Defeat Shenandoah, 17-5

Brianna Hayes '19 looks for a teammate to pass to on offense.

WINCHESTER, Va. — The top-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team recorded 13 first-half goals on its way to a 17-5 win at Shenandoah on Wednesday. W&L extended its winning streak to 11 games with the victory.

In the first six minutes of the contest, the Generals (14-2, 8-0 ODAC) totaled five goals, highlighted by three from junior attacker Dani Murray (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver), to take a 5-0 lead. Also during the run, senior midfielders Cordelia Peters (Larkspur, Calif./Hotchkiss) and Brianna Hayes (Commack, N.Y./St. Anthony's) each registered a goal.

The Hornets (11-5, 6-2 ODAC) notched their first tally at the 19:46 mark to trim the deficit to 5-1, but Murray answered with her fourth goal with 18:09 left in the half to push the lead back to five (6-1).

A goal by sophomore midfielder Alyson Bittinger brought Shenandoah back to within four with 15:16 on the clock, but then the Blue and White scored six straight goals (all by different players) over the next 10 minutes to assume a 12-2 advantage at the 5:51 mark.

Junior attacker Jordyn Miller notched a goal with 3:56 left in the period, but first-year attacker Katherine Faria (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) recorded her second goal of the game three minutes later to give the Generals a 10-goal margin, 13-3, at halftime. The Generals then outscored the Hornets, 4-2, in the second half to finish off the 12-goal win.

W&L held a 37-13 margin in shots and a 17-6 spread in draw controls, while the Hornets committed 14 turnovers to the Blue and White's nine.

Murray was one of six Generals to tally multiple goals. Along with her four, Hayes had two goals and two assists, senior attacker Maddy Graves (Cos Cob, Conn./Greenwich) notched two goals and one assist, senior attacker Rebecca Wellford (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) had two goals and six draw controls, Peters registered two goals and one assist and Faria had two goals and two assists.

Sophomore attacker Landon Shelley (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) totaled a game-high three assists to go with one goal. She now has 63 assists in her career, which is tied for the fifth-most in program history.

Sophomore midfielder Claire Fulton (Hagerstown, Md./Saint James School) and junior attacker Collette Murray (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) each had one goal to give the Blue and White nine goal scorers on Wednesday. Junior defender Caitlin Anderson (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) had five draw controls, and sophomore defender Catherine Arrix (Darien, Conn./Darien) totaled a game-high three caused turnovers.

Junior Elliot Gilbert (Bedford, N.Y./Deerfield Academy) started in goal and played 30 minutes to get the win. She made two saves while allowing three goals. Senior Ellie Aburn (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) saw the final 30 minutes of action, stopping four shots.

First-year attacker Emma Stiffler led the Hornets with two goals and one assist, while Miller added one goal and one assist. Sophomore Gionna Maria played the full game at goalkeeper, making nine saves.

The 11-game winning streak is just four away from the program record of 15 done in 2017 and 2003. With the victory, the Generals clinched the top seed in the ODAC Tournament. W&L plays its regular season finale on Saturday at Roanoke at 1:00 pm.

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