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LEXINGTON, Va. -- Top-seeded and 20th-ranked Washington and Lee jumped out to a 16-3 halftime lead and cruised to a 21-4 victory over fifth-seeded Lynchburg in the semifinals of the ODAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Watt Field.

The Hornets (8-10) scored first when freshman midfielder Kathryn Ollice (West Chester, Pa./West Chester) found the net unassisted just 1:25 into the game. However, the Generals (13-3) went on to score the game's next nine goals, including three from senior attacker Avery Lovejoy (Old Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) and two each from sophomore midfielder Colleen Evans (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) and junior midfielder Megan Slosson (Cockeysville, Md./Maryvale Prep) for a 9-1 lead at the 17:05 mark of the first half.

Lynchburg responded with unassisted goals by junior attacker Nichole Locher (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) and sophomore attacker Deana Welsch (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) to cut the margin to 9-3 with 11:47 left in the opening 30 minutes, but the Generals closed the half with a seven-goal flurry and never looked back.

Slosson paced the W&L offense with five goals, while sophomore attacker Kelsi Robinson (West Chester, Pa./Westtown) notched three goals and two assists. Evans, Lovejoy and freshman attacker Britten Mathews (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) all added three goals and one assist. Junior Sarah Tilbor (West Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) and sophomore Ali Hillyard (Media, Pa./Episcopal) split time in goal, combining to make four saves.

Locher led the Hornets with two goals, while senior Ji-Young Eun (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) notched eight saves in goal.

The Generals will now play the winner of the second semifinal between Randolph-Macon and Roanoke in Sunday's championship game at 2:00 pm.

W&L GOALS - Megan Slosson 5, Colleen Evans 3, Avery Lovejoy 3, Britten Mathews 3, Kelsi Robinson 3, Christine Bender 1,
Meredith Freeman 1, Mallory Lobisser 1, Maggie Megear 1.
W&L ASSISTS - Kelly Evans 2, Kelsi Robinson 2, Christine Bender 1, Colleen Evans 1, Natalie Herndon 1, Avery Lovejoy 1, Britten Mathews 1, Maggie Megear 1.
LC GOALS - Nichole Locher 2, Deana Welsch 1, Kathryn Ollice 1.
LC ASSISTS - Shannon Smith 1.

Sarah Tilbor (W&L) 30:00, 3 GA, 1 Save
Ali Hillyard (W&L) 30:00, 1 GA, 3 Saves
Ji-Young Eun (LC) 60:00, 21 GA, 8 Saves



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