#15 W&L Routs Randolph-Macon in ODAC Semifinals

LEXINGTON, Va. The 15th-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team used an 11-0 run that covered both halves as they cruised to a 16-4 victory over Randolph-Macon in semifinal action of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference women's lacrosse tournament on Wednesday afternoon at Watt Field.

W&L (12-4) assumed a 2-0 lead with 22:08 remaining in the first stanza off of goals from sophomore attacker Maddie McKaig (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) and junior attacker Wilton Megargel (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield), but the Yellow Jackets (8-5) recorded their first goal of the contest from senior midfielder Logan Pomeroy (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) to bring the score to 2-1 with 17:57 remaining.

The Generals received a tally from junior midfielder Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) to extend their lead to 3-1 with 13:56 remaining in the first stanza. However, R-MC tallied the next two goals from senior midfielder Kelly Cramer (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) and junior attacker Erin Clare Cassidy (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms) to knot the game at 3-3 at the 9:37 mark.

W&L started its 11-0 run with 5:49 remaining in the first half by recording three goals, including two from Megargel and one from McKaig, to take a 6-3 lead at the half.

A quick strike from senior attacker Meredith Freeman (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) just 41 seconds into the second half kept the Generals' streak alive, as they would go on to record the next eight goals to assume a 14-3 lead with 10:42 remaining in the contest and cruise to the 12-goal victory.

The Generals were led by McKaig (3g, 2a) and Megargel (5g), who both finished the contest with five points while also tying career-highs in points (McKaig-5) and goals (Megargel-5) in a game. Senior attacker Britten Mathews (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) tallied three goals in the contest, while sophomore attacker Alli Shearin (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) finished with two goals. Junior Katharine Farrar (Lexington, Va./Episcopal) played the entirety in net, stopping eight shots.

R-MC was paced by Cassidy, who finished the game with two goals. Junior Alex Flammia (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) played all 60:00 in net, recording 13 saves.

The Generals will return to action on either Saturday or Sunday in the ODAC championship game at Watt Field. They will face either Lynchburg College or Roanoke College, with the time TBD.


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