LEXINGTON, Va. – The 14th-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team recovered from a 5-1 first-half deficit to post a 11-8 victory over 10th-ranked Tufts on Wednesday evening at Wilson Field.
The Jumbos (4-1) dominated possession in the opening 13 minutes of the game en route to the early four-goal advantage. It took only 36 second for Tufts to grab the lead on a goal by sophomore midfielder Maddie Norman, while senior midfielder Caroline Nowak scored two goals during the opening run.
The Generals (4-4) began their comeback trailing 6-2 in the final 10 minutes of the opening half. Sophomore midfielder Dani Murray (Denver, Colo. / Kent Denver) got things started with back-to-back goals at 9:37 and 7:46, sparking a run of seven straight goals for the Blue & White that turned a four-goal deficit (6-2) into a three-goal lead (9-6) with 19:03 left in the game.
First-year midfielder Claire Fulton (Hagerstown, Md. / Saint James School) ended the first half with a goal at 1:58, as the Generals pulled to within a single goal by halftime (6-5).
In the second half, the Generals wasted little time continuing the comeback, knotting the game at 6-6 at the 26:33 mark on a goal by junior attacker Rebecca Wellford (St. Louis, Mo. / MICDS) off an assist from first-year attacker Landon Shelley (Charlotte, N.C. / Myers Park). First-year attacker Alex Meyer (Pelham, N.Y. / Hackley School) gave W&L its first lead of the game (7-6) just 1:02 later when she found the back of the net off an assist from junior midfielder Cordelia Peters (Larkspur, Calif. / Hotchkiss). Murray fed senior attacker Jess Castelo (Red Bank, N.J. / Lawrenceville) for another goal at 25:31 and then Castelo scored unassisted at the 19:03 mark for the final score of the rally that gave W&L a three-goal edge (9-6).
The Jumbos scored their first goal since the 14:08 mark of the first half with 16:37 remaining, as first-year midfielder Catherine Lawliss scored with a man advantage off an assist from junior midfielder Gabby Vinci. Junior attacker Dakota Adamec found the net as well to pull Tufts within one (9-8) with 10:08 left, but W&L sophomore goalkeeper Elliot Gilbert (Bedford, N.Y. / Deerfield Academy) notched four saves in the final 9:58 and the Generals tacked on two goals in the final 3:50 for the three-goal win.
Tufts held a 40-27 advantage in shots, while W&L claimed the ground ball battle by a count of 18-16. The Generals also scored on 3-of-5 free position shots, while the Jumbos were limited to 1-of-14 on free position shots.
Murray finished with a career-best six points on a career-best three assists and a career-high tying three goals. She also added four draw controls. Meyer contributed a career-high three goals as well, while Castelo notched two scores. Gilbert recorded a career-best 15 saves while playing the duration in goal.
Nowak and Lawliss finished with two goals each for the Jumbos. Adamec and junior midfielder Cecily Freliech chipped in one goal and one assist each. Junior Audrey Evers played all 60 minutes in goal and posted six saves.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it opens ODAC play with a road contest at Virginia Wesleyan at 11:00 am.