Washington & Jefferson Hangs on to Edge Gwynedd-Mercy

GWYNEDD VALLEY, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson raced out to an 8-2 lead in the first 20 minutes and hung on to defeat Gwynedd-Mercy 15-12 in women's lacrosse action on Tuesday afternoon. The Presidents (4-1) were outshot by a 33-32 margin but forced 20 turnovers and grabbed 12 of the game's 18 draw controls.

Sophomore Brittney Oake (Bell Mead, N.J./Montgomery) scored three times in the first 20 minutes and junior Courtney Schrock (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks West) added a pair of goals. Oake added her fourth tally of the first half at the 3:19 mark and W&J led 11-4 at halftime.

Sophomore Kerri Nunnamaker (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) and freshman Kelsey Kraus (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) scored goals in the first 65 seconds of the second half, but GMC used an 8-1 rally to narrow the deficit to 14-12 with 6:34 left in regulation.

The W&J defense took over from that point and sophomore Cayla Grodotzke (Merrick, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun) scored with 48 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Junior Amber Kuntz (Edinboro, Pa./General McLane) and freshman Julia McLellan (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) combined to make 11 saves for the Presidents.

Oake finished with a five-goal effort and also grabbed five draw controls, while Schrock, Kraus and sophomore Joanne Chojecki (Lake View, N.Y./Frontier Senior) all added two scores. Nunnamaker, Grodotzke and sophomores Liz Turcik (Ligonier, Pa./Miss Halls School) and Lauren Novak (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) rounded out the W&J goal scorers.

W&J looks for its fifth win in six chances tomorrow when traveling to the College of St. Elizabeth (N.J.) for a 4:00 pm match.


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