W&L WOMEN'S LACROSSE BESTS SWEET BRIAR, 8-3, IN ODAC SEMIFINALS
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Top-seeded Washington and Lee received
three goals from sophomore attacker Kelly Evans (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge
County) and two goals and one assist from junior attacker Amanda Strickler
(Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) in defeating fifth-seeded Sweet Briar,
8-3, in the semifinals of the ODAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday
afternoon at Watt Field.
The Generals (13-3) struck first as senior midfielder Kristen
Brown (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) found the net unassisted just 2:17
into the game. The Vixens (10-6) answered with an unassisted tally by
freshman midfielder Ellie Donahue (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal) just
1:18 later to knot the score at 1-1. However, the Generals would close
the first half with four goals, two by Evans and two by Strickler, for
a 5-1 lead at the break.
Evans began the second stanza with an unassisted goal at
the 23:06 mark, but Sweet Briar would cut the lead to 6-2 at the 18:39
mark on a goal by freshman attacker Sarah Ross Stewart (Lexington, Va./Virginia
Episcopal) off an assist from senior attacker Karah Strawley (Charlottesville,
Va./Covenant). Brown scored unassisted for W&L at the 5:38 mark for
a five-goal advantage, but the Vixens again answered with a goal by Donahue
off a feed from senior midfielder Ginger Tripp (Richmond, Va./St. Catherines)
with three minutes remaining. W&L junior attacker Kate Lester (Wilmington,
Del./Friends) capped the scoring with 1:41 left on an unassisted goal.
W&L freshman Sarah Tilbor (West Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury)
stopped five shots for the Generals, while sophomore Emily Fitzpatrick
(Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) notched 16 saves between the pipes
for Sweet Briar.
Washington and Lee advances to the ODAC Championship game on Sunday when it will face third-seeded Randolph-Macon. The Yellow Jackets moved on with an 18-10 win over second-seeded Virginia Wesleyan. Gametime is set for 2:00 pm.
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