W&L Field Hockey Downs Eastern Mennonite, 5-2

Caroline Caruso

HARRISONBURG, Va. – The Washington and Lee field hockey team jumped out to a 4-0 first-half lead and cruised to a 5-2 victory over Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday evening at the EMU Turf Field.

The Generals (6-4, 2-0) used just 3:57 of the first-half clock before gaining the advantage on an unassisted goal by sophomore forward Lauren Paolano (Huntington, N.Y. / Cold Spring Harbor).  W&L stretched its lead to 4-0 with back-to-back goals by junior forward Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va. / St. Catherine's School), and the first career goal by first-year midfielder Caroline Caruso (Millersville, Md. / Archbishop Spalding).  Tucker scored her first tally at 10:22 off an assist from junior forward Annalise Thole (Huntingtown, Md. / Huntingtown), and then she scored unassisted at 19:49.  Caruso found the cage unassisted at 22:38 for the four-goal lead.

The Royals (3-6, 0-3) got on the board at 23:44 when sophomore forward Alyssa Gore found first-year midfielder Lauren Hartzler, who slipped a shot past W&L junior goalkeeper Ariyel Yavalar (Baltimore, Md. / Garrison Forest School) at the 23:44 mark.

After the break, the Royals cut it to a two-goal affair on Hartzler's second goal of the contest, but the Generals' defense wouldn't allow another score.  First-year forward Grace Amaden (East Hampton, N.Y. / East Hampton) added W&L's fifth score at the 46:55 mark, as W&L won for the fifth time in the last six games. The tally was the first of Amaden's collegiate career.

For the game, the Generals held an 18-8 edge in shots and each team took three penalty corners.  Yavalar made one save in 70 minutes in goal.  Junior Kelsey Troyer also played all 70 minutes in goal for EMU, posting nine saves.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Randolph-Macon for a 2:00 pm contest.

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