SALISBURY, Md. -- Senior attacker Bridget Geiman scored four goals and assisted on another in leading sixth-ranked Mary Washington past 15th-ranked Washington and Lee, 10-6, in the opening round of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday afternoon in Salisbury, Md.
Mary Washington (14-4) took control early as Geiman scored unassisted just 25 seconds into the game. Sophomore attacker Pam Kramer gave the Eagles a 2-0 edge with an unassisted goal at the 25:58 mark and Geiman struck again just 26 seconds later to give MWC a 3-0 lead just 4:28 into the game.
The Generals (15-4) found their composure and sliced the Mary Washington lead to 3-2 as freshman midfielder Lee Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) [Pictured to right] scored a pair of unassisted goals over the game's next 7:11. However, the Eagles would again stretch their lead as junior midfielder Briana Gervat scored off an assist from Geiman with 14:32 remaining in the first half for a 4-2 edge. Senior attacker Jenni Foy scored off an assist from junior midfielder Meghan Twomey at the 7:40 mark and freshman midfielder Melissa Block added an unassisted tally at the 6:56 mark to push the lead to 6-2. The Generals then answered with 11 seconds remaining in the half as freshman midfielder Kelly Taffe (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) scored a free position goal to make it 6-3 at the break.
The Generals crept to within 6-4 with 24:51 remaining as junior midfielder Courtenay Fisher (Baltimore, Md./Garrison Forest) scored unassisted, but W&L could get no closer as MWC outscored it 4-2 the rest of the way.
Wheeler and Fisher led W&L's offense with two goals each, while Taffe and junior attacker Emily Owens (Waco, Texas/Episcopal) each scored one goal. Senior attacker Ellen Ritsch (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) added an assist. Freshman Joanna Perini (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) posted 14 saves in goal.
Mary Washington was led by Geiman and Gervat, who scored two goals and added an assist. Foy scored two goals, while Kramer chipped in with one goal and one assist. Senior Heather Carter posted 12 saves in net.
The loss ended Washington and Lee's season with a school-record 15 victories. The Eagles move on to face host Salisbury State in the quarterfinals.
W&L - Lee Wheeler (2 goals), Courtenay Fisher (2 goals), Kelly Taffe (1 goal), Emily Owens (1 goal), Ellen Ritsch (1 assist).
MWC - Bridget Geiman (4 goals, 1 assist), Briana Gervat (2 goals, 1 assist), Jenni Foy (2 goals), Pam Kramer (1 goal, 1 assist), Meghan Twomey (1 assist), Melissa Block (1 goal), Beth Curran (1 assist).
W&L - Joanna Perini, 14 Saves, 10 GA, 60 Min.
MWC - Heather Carter, 12 Saves, 6 GA, 60 Min.
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Sophomore midfielder Meghan Dennehy (Gambillis, Md./Arundel) scored three second-half goals to help Limestone snap Washington and Lee's nine-game winning streak with a 10-7 win on Saturday afternoon at the Liberty Hall Fields.
The Saints, ranked No. 3 in Division II, broke a 3-2 W&L lead with three unanswered goals in the final 11:47 in the first half to take a 5-3 advantage after 30 minutes of play.
The Generals (15-3) closed to within a goal on a score by sophomore attacker Leslie Bogart (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) just 49 seconds into the second half, however Dennehy found the net at the 26:30 mark to give the Saints a two-goal edge. W&L junior attacker Emily Owens (Waco, Texas/Episcopal) cut the lead to 6-5 on a goal 42 seconds later and senior attacker Liz Borges (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) tied the game at the 20:31 mark.
Limestone answered back on a goal by junior midfielder Angie Meyer (Hanover, Md./North County), but Borges tied the game with an unassisted tally with 20:31 to play. Sophomore attacker Kathy Campbell (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne's) put the Saints on top for good with a goal 42 seconds later and Dennehy then scored two of her game-high four goals to close out Washington and Lee.
The Saints were led by Dennehy, and junior attacker Becky Buppert (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) who notched one goal and added two assists. Senior goalie Vicky Perkins (Manlius, N.Y./CBA) stopped seven shots on the day.
Borges netted three goals for the Generals, while Bogart and freshman midfielder Kelly Taffe (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) each added a goal and one assist.
W&L, ranked No. 15 in Division III, will now move on to the NCAA Tournament with the date, time and opponent to be determined tomorrow evening.
W&L - Liz Borges (3 goals), Leslie Bogart (1 goal, 1 assist), Kelly Taffe (1 goal, 1 assist), Lee Wheeler (1 goal), Emily Owens (1 goal).
LC - Meghan Dennehy (4 goals), Becky Buppert (1 goal, 2 assists), Angie Meyer (2 goals), Jody Kennedy (1 goal), Kathy Campbell (1 goal), Dawn Smith (1 goal).
W&L - Joanna Perini, 15 Saves, 10 GA, 60 Min.
LC - Vicky Perkins, 7 Saves, 7 GA, 60 Min.