Rhodes Edges W&L Field Hockey, 3-2
LEXINGTON, Va. — With one final chance to tie the game after time expired, junior forward Candice Stefanic's (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) shot was blocked and cleared, and the Rhodes field hockey team beat W&L, 3-2, in Lexington on Saturday.
The Generals (2-11) were down, 3-1, at halftime, but cut the deficit to one on an own goal. With 8:21 left in the contest, sophomore forward Sydney Tomaso (St. Louis, Mo./Villa Duchesne) fired the ball toward the cage from almost 30-yards out. The ball deflected off a Lynx defender and past the goalkeeper for the goal.
The Blue and White pulled its goalie for an extra field player for the final 3:55. W&L nearly tied the game with 1:05 remaining, but first-year goalkeeper Erin Bailey (Richmond, Va./Godwin) stopped first-year midfielder Camilla Davis' (Richmond, Va./Governor's School) shot.
W&L drew a penalty corner as time expired, but its final chance was stopped when Stefanic's shot was cleared from the circle. Sophomore Megan Axelrod (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver School) started in goal, but was pulled after allowing three goals in 31:27. Sophomore Sally Curtiss (Morristown, N.J./Madison) played 34:38 in relief of Axelrod and did not face a shot. Bailey made six saves in 70 minutes to earn the victory for the Lynx.
The Generals scored the first goal of the game at the 11:22 mark. Stefanic took a shot from the near side, which Bailey blocked out to the far side. Davis was there for the rebound and stuffed in her first collegiate goal.
Rhodes tied the contest five minutes later on an offensive counter. In the W&L zone, first-year forward Christina DiFelice (St. Louis, Mo./Clayton) took a centering pass and dished it to the right side where sophomore forward Julie Hertzman (Louisville, Ky./Collegiate) slipped it inside the near post.
The Lynx took the lead at 19:30, as DiFelice scored from five-yards out in front of the goal, with the assist going to junior forward Kat Simpson (St. Louis, Mo./University City). First-year forward Erin Best (Tulsa, Okla./Holland Hall) tallied the game-winning goal with 9:15 left in the first half off an assist from sophomore forward Evy Royther (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin).
W&L led in shots, 14-11, and penalty corners, 11-4. The Generals return to ODAC play on Tuesday when they host Roanoke at 7:00 pm.