LYNCHBURG, Va. – The fourth-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team outscored Lynchburg, 8-1, in the second half en route to posting a 17-6 victory over the Hornets in ODAC action on Saturday afternoon at Shellenberger Field.
The Generals (9-1, 3-0) held a 9-5 advantage coming out of intermission. W&L opened the second with three consecutive goals to push the lead to 12-5. Junior attacker Jess Castelo (Red Bank, N.J. / Lawrenceville) started the run just 1:07 into the stanza off an assist from senior attacker Sara Holland (Houston, Texas / M.B. Lamar).
Sophomore midfielder Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va. / St. Catherine's) scored an unassisted goal with 27:33 on the clock, and Holland fed sophomore midfielder Cordelia Peters (Larkspur, Calif. / Hotchkiss) with 22:09 to go in the game to put W&L up, 12-5. LC (5-4, 1-2) junior attacker Sidney Gleason ended the Blue & White's run with an unassisted goal with 21 minutes left in the contest (12-6).
The Generals closed out the contest with five straight tallies to seal the victory. Castelo had two goals and as assist during the spurt, while first-year attacker Collette Murray (Manhasset, N.Y. / Manhasset) added a goal and an assist. Senior midfielder Olivia Sisson (Great Falls, Va. / Langley) and Tucker each contributed a goal in the final 16 minutes.
For the game, the Blue and White held a 27-14 advantage in shots and a 17-8 edge in draw controls. Castelo and Tucker led the Generals with five goals each, while Castelo also added an assist. Sisson tallied three goals and two assists, while Peters totaled two goals.
Peters led the squad with three caused turnovers, and Tucker won a team-best six draw controls. First-year keeper Elliot Gilbert (Bedford, N.Y./Deerfield Academy) played 57:24 of the 60 minutes in goal for W&L and made four stops.
Junior midfielder Dorrie MacGregor led the Hornets with two goals, while Sandoval added a goal and two assists. The Hornets had three goalies split time in goal, and they combined for five saves.
The Blue and White tallied the first four goals of the game, with two coming from Sisson to take a 4-0 lead with 23:12 remaining in the first half. Sophomore attacker Alicia Sandoval put Lynchburg on the board with 21:10 left (4-1). The teams each scored one tally over the next 2:28 to make it 5-2.
W&L scored three straight goals to extend its lead to 8-2 with 15:06 remaining in the first. The Hornets responded with three goals of their own, with Sandoval assisting on two of the goals to make it 8-5 at the 3:56 mark. LC would get no closer the remainder of the game as Sisson fed Tucker with a minute remaining in the half to push the Generals lead to 9-5 heading into halftime.
W&L will break for finals and return to the field on April 15, when it hosts Randolph-Macon for a 1:00 pm contest.
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