LEXINGTON, Va. – Top-seeded and second-ranked Washington and Lee scored 10 second-half goals to pull away for a 14-4 victory over fourth-seeded Lynchburg in the semifinals of the ODAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday at Watt Field.
The Generals (15-1) led just 4-2 at halftime, but opened the second stanza with four straight goals over a span of 4:01 to assume an 8-2 lead at the 24:59 mark. Junior attacker Jess Castelo (Red Bank, N.J. / Lawrenceville) got the run started with an unassisted goal just 1:23 into the second half. Senior attacker Sara Holland (Houston, Texas / M.B. Lamar) responded with an unassisted goal of her own just 29 seconds later, and senior midfielder Olivia Sisson (Great Falls, Va. / Langley) added an unassisted tally at 25:48 for a 7-2 lead. Holland then capped the run with an unassisted score at 24:59.
Lynchburg (9-8) stopped the run with an unassisted goal by senior attacker Laura Meisner at 20:55. The Blue & White retaliated with a goal by senior attacker Hayley Soutter (McLean, Va. / Langley) off a feed from sophomore midfielder Cordelia Peters (Larkspur, Calif. / Hotchkiss) at 19:58, but the Meisner scored her second goal in a span of nearly seven minutes to make it 9-4 with 13:58 remaining.
W&L then seized control of the contest with a five-goal run over the final 12:58 of the game for the 10-goal final margin. Sophomore midfielder Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va. / St. Catherine's) scored twice during the stretch that put the game away for the Generals.
The Blue & White out-shot the Hornets, 30-12, and led the ground ball battle by a count of 20-18. The Generals also won 14 out of the 20 draws and created 19 Lynchburg turnovers.
Tucker finished with a game-high four goals and 11 draw controls, while Holland and Peters each finished with two goals and one assist. Sisson posted two scores and Soutter netted one goal and two assists. Sophomore Elliot Gilbert (Bedford, N.Y. / Deerfield Academy) played all 60 minutes in goal and produced four saves.
Meisner led the Hornets with three goals and junior Chelsea Shultis had eight saves while playing the duration in goal.
Washington and Lee advances to Sunday's ODAC Championship game, where it will face the winner of the second semifinal between second-seeded Randolph-Macon and sixth-seeded Shenandoah. The game is slated to be played at 2:00 pm.