LEXINGTON, Va. – The 15th-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team went 5-for-6 in free position shots lifting it past Roanoke, 12-8, in ODAC action on Tuesday afternoon at Watt Field.
With the victory, the Generals now hold a 6-2 overall record and a 2-0 mark in ODAC play and increase their winning streak to three. The Maroons fell to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
Roanoke turned in an early 1-0 lead with a goal by sophomore attacker Allison Bonanno (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) at 26:29. W&L then put its first score on the board with an unassisted goal by senior attacker Alli Shearin (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) at the 22:52 mark, only to have junior midfielder Kathleen Wager (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) record a second tally for the Maroons to bring the score to 2-1 with 20:40 left in the first half.
The Generals fired back with three consecutive goals, taking their first lead of the contest at 11:32 off a free position shot by sophomore attacker Greta Witter (Douglasville, Pa./The Hill School). One more free position shot by sophomore attacker Margaret Klein (North Andover, Mass./Brooks) pushed W&L's advantage to two points by the 11:05 mark (4-2).
RC kept the game close with two more goals by 9:49 to tie the game at 4-4, but the Blue and White were able to enter the break with a 6-4 lead after sophomore midfielder Meade Brewster (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) connected on two shots to end the period.
The Maroons started the second half with two yellow cards, allowing W&L to score two goals with an extra player by the 25:27 mark and posting 8-2 lead. Wager attempted to make up Roanoke's deficit with a free position goal at 23:23 (8-3), but the Generals were too much to stop as they scored four more goals in the game and handed out just three more for the Maroons.
First-year Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) sat in net the entire game for the Generals, notching 10 shots and eight goals against. First-year Lauren Curtin (Hudson, Ohio/Western Reserve) also spent the whole 60:00 in the cage for Roanoke, recording 11 saves and 12 goals against.
W&L was led by senior attacker Maddie McKaig (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis), who scored a team-high three goals. Witter and Brewster each tallied three points on two goals and an assist, and first-year midfielder Sammy Yates (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) netted two goals. Senior midfielder Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) was a strong force on the field, registering six draw controls and three ground balls.
Bonanno and Wager each netted three goals apiece to lead the Maroons. First-year midfielder Darragh Evarts (Goldens Bridge, N.Y./John Jay) impacted both ends of the field with two goals, four ground balls, three draw controls and three caused turnovers.
The Generals return to action on Saturday when they host No. 16 Mary Washington for a 2:00 pm contest.