W&L Women's Lax Falls to Salisbury in NCAA Tourney, 13-12

SALISBURY, Md. – A late second-half rally came up short as the No. 15 Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team fell to No. 5 Salisbury, 13-12, on Saturday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium in Salisbury.

W&L (15-5) netted the first two goals of the game, as first-year attacker Margaret Klein (North Andover, Mass./Brooks) and junior attacker Maddie McKaig (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) found the net to give the Generals an early 2-0 lead with 27:43 remaining in the opening stanza.

Salisbury (19-2) responded with a three-goal run, as senior midfielder Morgan Illian (Salisbury, Md./Parkside), junior midfielder Allie Wheatley (Cambridge, Md./Salisbury School) and senior attacker Trish DiGirolomo (Davidsonville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) each found the net to put the Sea Gulls up, 3-2, at the 21:01 mark. McKaig ended the streak with an unassisted tally to tie the score at 3-3 with 19:27 on the clock, and after a SU goal, senior midfielder Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) connected on a free position shot to knot the score (4-4) with 15:55 remaining in the first half.

A streak of four unanswered Salisbury goals extended the Sea Gulls' lead to four goals (4-8) with 6:53 remaining. Junior attacker Alli Shearin (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex Regional) took a pass from senior midfielder Kate Donnelly (Houston, Texas/St. John's) to put an end to the SU scoring, leaving the score at 8-5 with 4:23 remaining. Senior attacker Kate Speare (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) had a chance to pull the Generals back to within four goals with five seconds remaining but she was unable to connect, as SU took a 9-5 advantage into the break.

Salisbury opened the second half with a goal, but W&L scored three-consecutive goals to pull the squad back to within two goals (10-8). McKaig netted her third goal of the game to leave the score at 10-6 with 25:03 remaining. Senior attacker Wilton Megargel (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) and Shearin scored goals within 40 seconds of each other, as W&L left the scoreboard at 10-8 with 22:18 remaining.

Another three-goal run by Salisbury, featuring goals from sophomore attacker Katie Bollhorst (Severna Park, Md./St. Mary's), DiGirolomo and junior midfielder Alyssa Fowler (Odenton, Md./Arundel) pushed the Sea Gulls lead back to five goals (13-8), but W&L responded with four unanswered goals over a 9:12 span to get the Generals back to within one goal (13-12). First-year midfielder Meade Brewster (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) started the scoring off an assist from Megargel, and Shearin scored on a free position shot to leave the score at 13-13 with 9:20 remaining. McKaig added an unassisted marker at 5:14, and Megargel scored with just 1:44 on the clock as W&L drew to within one goal (13-12) in the final minutes.

Junior midfielder Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) won the ensuing draw control, setting McKaig up for a game-tying goal with 58 seconds remaining. However, McKaig's shot was turned away by SU senior keeper Julie Ann Caulfield (Drexel Hill, Pa./Upper Darby) and the Sea Gulls collected the ground ball, running out the clock to advance to the regional finals on Sunday.

W&L was led by McKaig, who finished with four goals and an assist. Shearin added three goals and an assist, while Megargel scored two goals and an assist. First-year midfielder Alex Van Horn (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) won a game-high five draw controls, and senior midfielder Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) collected a team-high two ground balls. Senior keeper Katharine Farrar (Lexington, Va./Episcopal) played the entirety, stopping seven shots.

DiGirolomo paced SU with six points (2g, 4a), while Wheatley (4g) and Bollhorst (2g, 2a) each added four points. Caulfield played all 60:00 in net, recording seven saves.

With the loss, the Generals end their season with a 15-5 overall record.

W&L Goals: Maddie McKaig 4; Alli Shearin 3; Wilton Megargel 2; Emmy Mathews 1; Meade Brewster 1; Margaret Klein 1.
W&L Assists: Kate Donnelly 1; Maddie McKaig 1; Wilton Megargel 1; Alli Shearin 1.

Salisbury Goals: Allie Wheatley 4; Trish DiGirolomo 2; Katie Bollhorst 2; Morgan Illian 2; Alyssa Fowler 2; Aileen McCausland 1.
Salisbury Assists: Trish DiGirolomo 4; Katie Bollhorst 2.

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