LEXINGTON, Va. – The No. 20 Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team held the Eagles to just two goals in the second period as the Generals posted a 12-5 victory over No. 18 Mary Washington on Saturday afternoon at Watt Field.
With W&L (3-0) leading by just one goal (4-3) at the 8:28 mark, the Generals closed the first period with back-to-back goals from first-year Sara Holland (Houston, Texas / M.B. Lamar) to take a 6-3 edge at the intermission.
The Generals opened up the second period scoring four-straight goals, including two from senior attacker Margaret Klein (North Andover, Mass. / Brooks) to hold an impressive 10-3 lead with 24:50 left to play.
UMW (1-1) notched its first goal since the 8:28 mark in the first period off a tally from senior midfielder Katie Williams (Charlottesville, Va. / Albemarle) with 18:26 on the clock. The Generals countered, scoring two more goals in a span of 35 seconds to hold a 12-4 lead with 10:31 left.
Mary Washington would get another goal from Williams with 1:22 left to play (12-5), but that would be as close as the Eagles would get as the Generals ran out the clock to secure the win.
For the game, the Blue and White held an advantage shots (23-15), draw controls (12-7), and ground balls (20-16). W&L also forced the 17 UMW turnovers.
Junior Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J. / Glen Ridge) picked up the win for the Generals, playing all 60 minutes and making eight saves and picking up four ground balls. Senior Kelly Dean (Westhampton, N.Y. / Westhampton Beach) suffered the loss and finished the game with one save.
Sophomore midfielder Emily Conway (Darien, Conn. / Greenwich Academy) and Holland led the attack, with each posting three goals. Seniors Greta Witter (Houston, Texas / The Hill School) and Klein, along with sophomore attacker Carly Taglienti (Moorestown, N.J. / Moorestown) posted two goals apiece. Senior defender Leanne Stone (Darien, Conn. / Darien) paced the stingy defense, finishing with three ground balls and four caused turnovers.
Williams and senior attacker Emily Atkinson (Towson, Md. / Towson) each notched two goals, while junior attacker Corinne Wiederkehr (Wading River, N.J. / Shoreham-Wading River) recorded one marker for the Eagles. Senior attacker Jenna Petrucelli (Cranbury, N.J. / Peddie School) grabbed four draw controls and first-year midfielder Sabrina Elliott (Fairfax, Va. / W.T. Woodson) had four ground balls.
The Generals will be back in action when they travel to Randolph on Wednesday for a 7:00 pm contest.
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