LEXINGTON, Va. — Senior forward Maggie Waxter (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) registered her sixth career hat trick to lead the Washington and Lee field hockey team past Eastern Mennonite, 6-1, on Saturday at the W&L Turf Field.
Waxter scored all three of her goals in the first half and had three of the Generals' (10-5, 5-1 ODAC) first four goals. The first tally came in the 14th minute. Junior forward Maggie Sands (Glen Arm, Md./Notre Dame Prep) shot the ball from the far side, but it was saved by the Royals' (5-9, 0-5 ODAC) senior goalkeeper Hannah Daley. Waxter stuffed in the rebound to put W&L on the board, 1-0.
Sophomore forward Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine's School) notched the second goal of the contest off another rebound in the 22nd minute. Waxter recorded the next two goals for the Blue and White. With 8:41 left in the half, she redirected a pass from senior midfielder Kendall Peterson (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) to push the score to 3-0.
The duo connected again on the Generals' final goal of the half. The clock ticked to zero, but W&L was awarded back-to-back corners to extend the period. On the second attempt, Peterson fed the ball into the center of the circle from the far side and Waxter's shot beat a diving Daley. Peterson now has 17 assists in her career, which is one away from moving into a tie for third in career assists at W&L.
Waxter has 13 goals this season, and moved into solo second on the W&L career list with 44 goals. She passed Jane Beall '06 who finished her career with 42 tallies. The 13 goals by Waxter this season are tied for the eighth-most in a single season in program history. Waxter also had 13 goals during the 2014 campaign. The six hat tricks are the most in program history.
The Blue and White outscored EMU, 2-1, in the second half to reach the final margin. Sophomore forward Annalise Thole (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) registered her second tally of the season, and senior defender Noelani Schulmeyer (Glen Arm, Md./St. Paul's School) added her sixth of the year.
W&L held a 34-5 shot advantage, and took 14 penalty corners compared to four for the Royals. Sophomore goalkeeper Ariyel Yavalar (Baltimore, Md./Garrison Forest School) played the full 70 minutes and made four saves. Daley stopped 17 shots in 70 minutes, but allowed the six markers.
Before the contest, the Blue and White honored its four seniors: forward Camilla Davis, Peterson, Schulmeyer and Waxter. The Generals return to action on Thursday, when they host Sweet Briar at 7:00 pm.
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