No. 9 W&L Women's Lacrosse Takes Down VWC, 11-9

No. 9 W&L Women's Lacrosse Takes Down VWC, 11-9

LEXINGTON, Va. – Junior attacker Melissa Coggins (St. John's, Fla. / Bartram Trail) and sophomore midfielder Olivia Sisson (Great Falls, Va. / Langley) combined to total seven goals for the ninth-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team in an 11-9 win over Virginia Wesleyan in ODAC action on Saturday afternoon at Watt Field.

With the score tied 7-7 late in the first half, Sisson drew a foul with just over three seconds remaining and deposited a free position shot with 0.5 seconds left as the Generals carried an 8-7 lead into the break.

W&L wasted no time extending its lead after the intermission as Coggins scored unassisted just 1:01 into the second stanza and then scored man-up off a feed from sophomore attacker Lauren Procaccino (Manhasset, N.Y. / Manhasset) at 27:25 for a 10-7 lead.  Sisson capped a three-goal run to start the second half when she scored off an assist from Coggins at the 23:11 mark for an 11-7 advantage. 

Neither team could find the goal again until the Marlins scored a pair of goals 3:13 apart to make it 11-9 with 5:46 left to play.  However, that would be as close as VWC would get as the Generals improved to 22-0 all-time against the Marlins.

Virginia Wesleyan never led in the first half, but the Generals could not pull away either, claiming no lead greater than three goals in the opening 30 minutes. 

First-year midfielder Megan Schallock (Waukesha, Wis. / Mukwonago) scored four goals in the first half, including three in the final 12:01 of the first half to keep the Marlins within striking distance.

For the game, VWC held the edge in shots (22-20) and in draw controls (13-8). The Generals picked up 19 ground balls as opposed to the Marlins' 13.

Coggins led the Generals' offense with three goals and four assists to total a career-high seven points. Sisson finished with four goals and three caused turnovers, and Procaccino recorded two goals and one assist.

Senior keeper Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J. / Glen Ridge) saw all 60 minutes of action in goal and registered five saves. Junior goalie Madison Carroll (Leonardtown, Md. / Leonardtown) suffered the loss for Virginia Wesleyan, playing the entire game and making seven saves.

Schallock scored a game-high five goals for the Marlins, while junior midfielder Tianna Garland (Norfolk, Va./Maury) chipped in two markers.

W&L returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Randolph-Macon for a 4:30 pm contest.

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