LEXINGTON, Va. – The 14th-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team used seven unanswered goals in the second half to edge past 17th-ranked Catholic, 11-10, on Saturday afternoon at Watt Field.
After allowing Catholic (2-3) to take a 5-4 lead with 29:07 left in the game, sophomore attacker Greta Witter (Douglasville, Pa./The Hill School) answered with a free position goal at 25:48 (5-5) to tie the game and ignite a 7-0 run by W&L (5-2), bringing the score to 11-5 by the 12:00 mark. During the stretch, sophomore attacker Margaret Klein (North Andover, Mass./Brooks) and Witter each netted two goals.
The Cardinals fought back with five more tallies in the half, but were not able to complete the comeback as the Generals walked away with the 11-10 victory.
CUA started the contest with an early 1-0 lead, as senior midfielder Mary Swarthout (Rockville, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) opened the scoring with a goal at 27:28, but W&L senior midfielder Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) brought the score back to an even 1-1 with a goal at 24:08.
The Cardinals then pulled ahead by as many as three goals with 16:52 left in the first half off of senior midfielder Mallory Vogel's (Bel-Air, Md./Milton Wright) two consecutive goals and sophomore attacker Erin Fowler's (Wilmington, N.C./J.T. Hoggard High School) free position shot, giving CUA a 4-1 advantage.
W&L scored its second goal of the game at 13:41, as sophomore attacker Katie Hagen (West Chester, Pa./Notre Dame) was awarded a free position shot (4-2). With W&L down one player, senior attacker Maddie McKaig (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) tallied the Generals' third goal, and Witter continued the W&L scoring streak, netting a goal in the final minute of the first period to tie the game at 4-4 going into the break.
First-year Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) spent the entire game in net for the Generals, saving 11 shots, allowing 10 goals against, and grabbing six ground balls. Sophomore Yasmeen Ajdari (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) notched six saves and 11 goals against in 60:00 in the cage for the Cardinals.
W&L was paced by Witter, tallying a team-high three goals. Hagen and Klein each netted two goals, and sophomore midfielder Alex Van Horn (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis), senior attacker Alli Shearin (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) and Benedetti each recorded a goal and an assist. Van Horn also claimed four draw controls, and sophomore defender Leanne Stone (Darien, Conn./Darien) and Klein had three ground balls apiece.
Vogel led CUA with three goals and a helper. Senior attacker Meghan Brady (Huntington Bay, N.Y./St. Anthony's), Fowler and Swarthout tallied a pair of goals each. Swarthout also grabbed three ground balls and three draw controls.
The Generals return to action on Tuesday when they host Roanoke in ODAC action for a 4:30 pm contest.