SALEM, Va. – The fourth-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team forced 18 Roanoke turnovers and limited the Maroons to just three shots in posting a 16-1 win on Wednesday evening at Kerr Stadium.
W&L (7-1, 1-0) had 11 different goal-scorers in tying the series record for largest margin of victory against Roanoke (W&L won 20-5 in 2012).
The two teams exchanged goals in the opening 4:20 of the game, before the Generals broke away by closing the first half on a 9-0 run. Sophomore midfielder Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va. / St. Catherine's) got things started with an unassisted goal at 23:51, and she and senior attacker Sara Holland (Houston, Texas / M.B. Lamar) each scored twice during the nine-goal surge.
The Generals' defense tightened even more in the second stanza, allowing just one shot in the final 20 minutes. Meanwhile, the offense pulled away from the Maroons (0-8, 0-1) with six more unanswered goals tallied by six different players.
The Blue & White squeezed off 35 shots, 26 of which were on goal. W&L also held a 17-11 edge on ground balls and committed just eight turnovers in the contest.
Tucker led the way with three goals and one assist, while Holland totaled two goals and two assists. Senior attacker Hayley Soutter (McLean, Va. / Langley) notched two goals and one assist, and junior attacker Mimi MacCowatt (New Vernon, N.J. / Kent Place) had two goals as well. Sophomore midfielder Cordelia Peters (Larkspur, Calif. / Hotchkiss) chipped in one goal and two assists. First-year Elliot Gilbert (Bedford, N.Y. / Deerfield Academy) played the first half in goal and allowed one goal with no saves. Junior Hannah Wiltshire (Wilton, Conn. / Wilton) and sophomore Ellie Aburn (Towson, Md. / Notre Dame Prep) both played in the second half and neither faced a shot on goal.
The Roanoke goal was scored by first-year midfielder Morgan Barlow. Sophomores Emma Blair and Victoria Smith both played in net for the Maroons, combining to make 10 saves.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Virginia Wesleyan for a 1:00 pm contest.