GREENSBORO, N.C. – Ten different Generals scored at least one goal as the No. 15 Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team powered past Guilford, 19-6, on Wednesday afternoon at the Armfield Athletic Center.
The Quakers (4-10, 3-4 ODAC) jumped out to a 1-0 lead after attacker E'leyna Garcia netted an unassisted goal at the 27:37 mark. The Generals (10-4, 7-0) responded, netting the next four goals of the contest to assume a 4-1 lead with 11:58 remaining in the opening stanza.
First-year midfielder Alex Van Horn (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) started the W&L surge, connecting on a free-position shot at the 24:21 mark. First-year attacker Margaret Klein (North Andover, Mass./Brooks) then found the net off a pass from junior attacker Maddie McKaig (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) to put the Generals up, 2-1, at the 19:48 mark, and junior attacker Alli Shearin (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) fired a free position shot at 15:50 to extend the lead to 3-1. First-year midfielder Meade Brewster (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) completed the run with a goal off an assist from McKaig for the 4-1 edge.
Garcia added an unassisted goal to pull the Quakers to within two goals (4-2) with 11:24 remaining, but senior attacker Wilton Megargel (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield), first-year attacker Katie Hagen (West Chester, Pa./Notre Dame) and senior midfielder Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) each added a goal in the final 10 minutes of the first half as the Generals went into the break with a 7-2 advantage.
W&L pulled away in the second half, opening the stanza with goals by Van Horn, Mathews and senior midfielder Kate Donnelly (Houston, Texas/St. John's) to extend its lead to 10-2 with 26:29 remaining. Garcia netted her third goal of the contest at 25:36 to get GC back to within seven goals (10-3), but the Generals' offense proved to be too much as they scored five-consecutive goals to widen their lead to 15-3 with 20:15 on the clock en route to claiming the 19-6 triumph.
Mathews paced the Generals, finishing the contest with five points (4g, 1a). Shearin added three goals and one assist, while McKaig contributed one goal, three assists and a team-high four ground balls. Van Horn and Mathews each totaled a team-high four draw controls.
Keepers senior Katharine Farrar (Lexington, Va./Episcopal) and sophomore Alex Hamill (Darien, Conn./Darien) shared time in net, with Farrar earning the win after playing 37:06 and stopping seven shots while allowing three goals. Hamill played the final 22:54, stopping one shot and allowing three goals.
The Quakers were led by Garcia, who scored a game-high five goals. Midfielder Kathryn Carella scored the only other goal for GC, while keeper Liza Mettler collected a game-high five ground balls and midfielder Summer Frazier contributed a game-high seven draw controls. Mettler played all 60:00 in net, recording 10 saves.
W&L returns to action on Saturday as it hosts Randolph-Macon College on senior day at Watt Field. Start time is slated for 1:00 pm.
W&L Goals: Emmy Mathews 4; Alli Shearin 3; Wilton Megargel 3; Alex Van Horn 2; Meade Brewster 2; Maddie McKaig 1; Kate Donnelly 1; Margaret Klein 1; Katie Hagen 1; Kate Speare 1.
W&L Assists: Maddie McKaig 3; Elizabeth Bucklee 1; Alex Van Horn 1; Emmy Mathews 1;
Alli Shearin 1.
Guilford Goals: E'leyna Garcia 5; Kathryn Carella 1.
Guilford Assists: Shannon Kandola 1.