LEXINGTON, Va. – Top-ranked Gettysburg controlled the possession of the game by holding a 21-4 advantage in draw controls en route to claiming an 18-5 victory over 10th-ranked Washington and Lee in women's lacrosse action on Sunday afternoon at Watt Field.
Gettysburg (4-0) tallied two goals in the first four minutes of the contest to take an early 2-0 lead with 26:16 remaining. First-year midfielder Kerry McKeever fed sophomore attacker Liza Barr for a goal 59 seconds into the contest and sophomore midfielder Courtney Patterson scored on a free position shot.
W&L (2-4) got on the board at the 21:11 mark, as senior attacker Jess Castelo (Red Bank, N.J. / Lawrenceville) scored off of a feed from junior midfielder Cordelia Peters (Larkspur, Calif. / Hotchkiss). However, the Bullets responded with three goals to claim a 5-1 advantage at the 15:46 mark.
The Generals pulled within two (5-2) with 13:12 remaining when first-year attacker Alex Meyer (Pelham, N.Y. / Hackley School) found the back of the net off an assist from fellow first-year attacker Landon Shelley (Charlotte, N.C. / Myers Park). Once again the Bullets responded with a three goal spurt to claim an 8-2 edge heading into intermission. Senior attacker Katie Willis tallied two goals during the run.
Senior attacker Mimi MacCowatt (New Vernon, N.J. / Kent Place) opened up the scoring in the second half when she scored off of a feed from Castelo at the 27:07 mark, to make it a five-goal game (8-3). Neither team could find the back of the net over the next seven minutes, until GC tallied back-to-back goals in a span of 52 seconds to take a 10-3 edge with 20:07 remaining.
W&L responded with a free position goal from sophomore midfielder Dani Murray (Denver, Colo. / Kent Denver) to cut the lead to six (10-4) with 18:27 left. However, that would be as close as the Generals would get as the Bullets went on an 8-0 run over the next 13 minutes to claim an 18-4 advantage. Willis and McKeever each scored two goals during the spurt. Murray tallied an unassisted goal for W&L at the 2:19 mark to reach the final margin, 18-5.
Gettysburg held a 37-18 advantage in shots and a slim 14-13 edge in ground balls.
Murray led the Generals with two goals, while Castelo, MacCowatt and Meyer each tallied one. Senior Hannah Wiltshire (Wilton, Conn. / Wilton) played the full 60 minutes in goal and made a career-high 16 saves for the Blue and White.
Willis tallied a game-best six goals to lead the Bullets, while Barr scored three. McKeever, senior attacker Maggie McClain and junior midfielder Steph Colson all added two goals apiece. Junior Bailey Pilder and sophomore Casey Cole split time in goal with Pilder making six saves and Cole stopping two shots.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts 11th-ranked Catholic for a 12:00 pm contest.
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