LEXINGTON, Va. – Senior midfielder Hayley Soutter (McLean, Va. / Langley) scored three goals to lead the 20th-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team to a 9-3 victory over fourth-ranked Franklin & Marshall on Saturday afternoon at Watt Field.
The Generals (3-0) opened up the game with a 2-0 lead after junior Mimi MacCowatt (New Vernon, N.J. / Kent Place School) scored off a free position shot at the 18:02 mark and Soutter found the back of the net at 12:56 on a man-down goal.
The Diplomats (0-1) responded with the next two goals to level the score with 4:36 remaining in the half. Junior attacker Paige Moriarty found sophomore midfielder Maddie Hughes for a goal at the 12:21 mark, and then Moriarty found the back of the net off of an assist from senior attacker Natalie Delinsky.
W&L closed out the half with two goals to take a 4-2 lead going into the break. Sophomore midfielder Haley Tucker fed first-year attacker Dani Murray (Denver, Colo. / Kent Denver School) at the 3:54 mark, and junior attacker Jess Castelo (Red Bank, N.J. / Lawrenceville School) scored on a fast break with an assist from senior attacker Sara Holland (Houston, Texas / M.B. Lamar).
The Blue and White opened up the second stanza with a 3-0 run to assume a 7-2 advantage. Senior midfielder Maggie Waxter (Baltimore, Md. / Roland Park Country School) started the run five minutes into the second half with a free position goal, and Soutter later scored her second goal of the game with 18:39 remaining to push the Generals lead to 6-2. Senior midfielder Olivia Sisson (Great Falls, Va. / Langley) found the back of the net at the 12:57 mark off of a feed from sophomore midfielder Cordelia Peters (Larkspur, Calif. / Hotchkiss School).
F&M would score its final goal on an unassisted man-up shot by Delinsky with 7:26 remaining. W&L would close out the game with the final two goals to seal the victory. MacCowatt scored her second goal of the contest off of an assist from Holland with 5:25 left, and Castelo set up Soutter for a score with 3:44 left.
The win snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Diplomats and improved W&L to 3-0 for the first time since the 2014 campaign.
For the game, the Generals held an 18-16 advantage on shots and a 22-14 edge in ground balls. Soutter paced the offense with three goals and she also picked up three ground balls. MacCowatt totaled two goals and Castelo had one goal and one assist.
First-year goalkeeper Elliot Gilbert (Bedford, N.Y. / Deerfield Academy) played the duration in goal for the Generals and made six saves, including three in the final 11:15 of the game that kept the Diplomats from mounting any sort of rally.
Junior Danielle Harrington and first-year Julia Nelson split time in goal for the Diplomats and made a combined five saves. Junior attacker Paige Moriarity, the 2016 DIII Attacker of the Year, was limited to just one goal on her six shots.
W&L returns to the field on Saturday when it hosts fifth-ranked Salisbury at 12:00 pm.
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