LEXINGTON, Va. — Behind two goals from first-year defender Noelani Schulmeyer (Glen Arm, Md./St. Paul's School), the Washington and Lee field hockey team registered a 4-2 victory over Goucher on Sunday at the W&L Turf Field.
Schulmeyer's first goal came 12 minutes into the first half and boosted the Generals' (1-1) lead to 2-0. Senior forward Taylor Zusi (Summit, N.J./Kent Place) passed the ball to Schulmeyer at the near post, and the rookie stuffed it past the Gophers' (0-2) goalkeeper for the score. Schulmeyer's second goal came after intermission to push the advantage to 3-0. She controlled the ball from a couple feet inside the attacking circle, and ripped a shot into the far corner of the cage with 23 minutes left in the half.
The Generals eventually built their lead to 4-0, before the Gophers (0-2) tallied two goals in the last 16 minutes to reach the final score of 4-2.
Senior midfielder Lauren Boone (Louisville, Ky./Collegiate) tallied the Blue and White's first goal off an assist from junior forward Candice Stefanic (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) just 53 seconds after the opening whistle. Stefanic passed the ball in front of the cage from the near side, and Boone knocked it in by the far post.
The Generals' final tally came 20 minutes remaining in the second half as sophomore forward Sydney Tomaso (St. Louis, Mo./Villa Duchesne) secured a pass from junior midfielder Mary Virginia Long (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal) to score her first goal of the year.
First-year forward Lizzie Barminski (Ventura, Calif./Buena) scored the Gophers' first goal off a corner with 15:30 left to play. Goucher added one more with two minutes remaining on first-year forward Rachel Crain's (Charlotte Hall, Md./Chopticon) first collegiate score.
The Generals took 17 shots compared to six for the Gophers, and led in penalty corners, 7-1. Sophomore goalkeeper Demie Huffman (Granville, Ohio/Granville) made six saves, while sophomore goalkeeper Megan Axelrod (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver School) played the full 70 minutes to earn the victory for the Blue and White.
W&L heads out on the road this week as it plays at Mary Washington on Thursday at 4:00 pm.
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