LEXINGTON, Va. – Senior Britten Mathews (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) led the 15th-ranked Washington and Lee women’s lacrosse team with five points as it defeated Christopher Newport, 16-7, on Saturday afternoon at Watt Field.
Both teams exchanged goals to open the first half and leave the score knotted at 2-2 with 22:59 remaining. However, the Generals (14-4) recorded seven unanswered goals over the rest of the opening stanza to secure a 9-2 lead at the half. Sophomore attacker Maddie McKaig (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) and junior attacker Wilton Megargel (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne’s-Belfield) notched two goals apiece during the span, with W&L also collecting goals from senior attacker Meredith Freeman (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS), junior attacker Kate Speare (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) and Britten Mathews.
CNU (13-6) tallied the first marker of the second half from first-year midfielder Becca Geist (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) to pull the Captains to within six points (9-3), but Freeman added a goal just 21 seconds later to put the Generals back up by seven points (10-3) with 28:58 remaining. Christopher Newport added five additional goals in the second half but never came closer than six goals as W&L cruised to the nine-goal victory.
W&L was paced by Britten Mathews, who finished the contest with five points off of three goals and two assists. The Generals also received three-goal performances from Megargel and McKaig, while Freeman and junior midfielder Kate Donnelly (Houston, Texas/St. John’s School) each added two goals. Junior Katharine Farrar (Lexington, Va./Episcopal) played all 60:00 in net, stopping eight shots.
CNU was led by Geist and junior attacker Meghan Harkey (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) who finished with two goals apiece. The Captains also received goals from junior midfielder Kaitlin Quigley (Round Hill, Va./Loudoun Valley), first-year attacker Grace Valentine (Alexandria, Va./Mt. Vernon) and first-year midfielder Rachel Tomlinson (Springfield, Va./West Springfield). Senior Gayle Robinson (Reston, Va./South Lakes) played the entirety in net, turning aside 13 shots.
The Generals will return to action in the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Tournament. Opponent, date and time are TBD.
W&L Goals: Britten Mathews 3; Wilton Megargel 3; Maddie
McKaig 3; Kate Donnelly 2; Meredith Freeman 2; Emmy Mathews 1; Kate
Speare 1; Christina Benedetti 1.
W&L Assists: Britten Mathews 2; Emmy Mathews 2; Kate Donnelly 1; Wilton Megargel 1.
CNU Goals: HARKEY, Meghan 2; GEIST, Becca 2; VALENTINE, Grace 1; QUIGLEY, Kaitlin 1; TOMLINSON, Rachel 1.
CNU Assists: QUIGLEY, Kaitlin 1; VALENTINE, Grace 1.
Katharine Farrar (W&L): 60:00, 7 GA, 8 saves
Gayle Robinson (CNU): 60:00, 16 GA, 13 saves