FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Washington and Lee senior attacker Wilton Megargel (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the No. 15 Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team topped No. 16 Mary Washington, 18-17, on Sunday afternoon at the Battleground Athletic Complex.
The contest featured a high-scoring first half, with both teams combining to score 19 goals. Mary Washington (2-1) got on the board first, collecting the opening draw control and finding the net off a shot by Catherine Kennedy to take a 1-0 advantage.
W&L (1-0) responded with goals from first-year attacker Margaret Klein (North Andover, Mass./Brooks) and Megargel just 13 seconds apart to gain a 2-1 edge with 28:17 remaining in the first half.
The Eagles netted the next goal of the game to knot the score at 2-2 with 23:29 left in the opening stanza, but senior midfielder Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) responded with a goal under one minute later to give the Generals the lead (3-2), one they would not surrender the remainder of the half.
The Generals extended their lead to as many as three goals (6-3) at the 13:00 mark, but UWM climbed back, pulling to within one goal (6-5) at the 13:21 mark. However, W&L scored the next four goals of the contest, including two from Mathews, as it extended its lead to six points (11-5) with 4:59 remaining in the opening half, entering the break with an 11-8 advantage.
The Generals maintained their lead in the early in the second half, never letting the Eagles come closer than two goals and extending their lead to as many as four goals (16-12) off a free position goal by junior attacker Maddie McKaig (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) with 20:56 remaining in the contest.
However, Mary Washington reeled off five of the game's final six goals to tie the game at 17-17 and send it to overtime. The rally included three goals by Kennedy, including the shot that tied the game to send it to extra time at the 3:56 mark.
Megargel netted her game-winner at the 2:26 mark in the extra session, as the Generals claimed their first victory of the 2011 campaign.
The Generals were led by Mathews, who finished with five goals and an assist, while Megargel added three goals and two assists.
Kennedy paced UMW with a game-high seven goals and one assists, and Allie Kimmelman chipped in two goals and five assists.
Senior goalie Katharine Farrar (Lexington, Va./Episcopal) played the entirety in net for W&L, stopping 11 shots en route to earning the win. UMW keepers Danni Guigli and Kathryn Stiltz shared time in net, with Guigli taking the loss after playing 38:08 and recording eight saves. Stiltz played 27:52 in goal, stopping four shots.
W&L returns to action on Thursday as they travel to Sewanee for a 5:00 pm contest.
W&L Goals: Emmy Mathews 5; Wilton Megargel 3; Margaret Klein 3; Maddie McKaig 3; Ashley Barnes 1; Alex Van Horn 1; Kate Speare 1; Meade Brewster 1
W&L assists: Wilton Megargel 2; Kate Donnelly 1; Margaret Klein 1; Emmy Mathews 1.
UMW Goals: Catherine Kennedy 7; Allie Kimmelman 2; Katie Wallis 2; Erin Murphy 2; Addie Hawley 1; Claire Gianelle 1; Keller Torrey 1; Lauren Callison 1.
UMW assists: Allie Kimmelman 5; Jenny Atmar 1; Catherine Kennedy 1; Katie Wallis 1.