Shenandoah Marches Past the Generals

WINCHESTER, Va. - Shenandoah continued its quest for the ODAC regular season championship with an 11-7 victory over pre-season favorite Washington & Lee Wednesday evening.

Shenandoah (8-2, 5-0 ODAC) now has knocked off the three teams picked ahead of it in the pre-season poll with the win over the Generals (5-7, 5-2).

The Hornets are now locked in a tie with Guilford at the top of the league standings and the Quakers visit Winchester a week from Saturday in a game that could determine the top seed at the upcoming conference tournament.

The two teams traded goals 10 seconds apart to start the game before senior Corrinne Kosmowski scored on a free position shot at 26:05 to give SU a lead it would not relinquish Wednesday evening.

Kosmowski's tally, one of two she had on the night, started a 5-0 run for the hosts that gave Lindsey Lutz' club a 6-1 lead with 8:21 remaining in the first.

The Generals answered with the final two goals of the half, scoring at 6:57 and 5:16, to make the score 6-3 at the break.

Shenandoah then scored four of the initial five goals of the second to take a 10-4 lead with 13:20 remaining.

Senior Amy Rollins, who scored the first goal of the game and had three goals on the night, capped this run with a free position goal.

Sophomore Mary Kogler had the victors final goal of the game by converting a Samantha Sisson feed with 2:00 remaining.

Goalkeeper Ashley Cross was outstanding, stopping 13 saves in the win. Cross had five saves in the opening five minutes of the contest.

W&L outshot SU 28-20 and had a 12-6 advantage in draw controls.

The Hornets won 17 of the game's 29 groundballs.

Shenandoah takes to the road on Saturday for an ODAC game at Sweet Briar.

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WINCHESTER, Va. Shenandoah went on a five-goal scoring streak in the first half en route to an 11-7 win over Washington and Lee on Wednesday evening on Sprint Field.

SU (7-2, 4-0) opened the contest's scoring with a goal just three minutes into the game. However, junior midfielder Meade Brewster (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) evened the score at 1-1 with the Generals' first tally at the 26:50 mark.

Less than a minute later, senior midfielder Corinne Kosmowski was awarded a free position shot, allowing the Hornets to take a 2-1 lead at 20:05. Over the next 17:44, SU found the back of the next four more times, while holding W&L (5-7, 5-2) scoreless to pull ahead, 6-1, with 8:21 left in the half. The Generals fought back with two more scores to close out the period, but the Hornets entered the break with a 6-3 advantage.

Each team registered a goal in the opening two minutes of the second half, bringing the score to 7-4 at 28:15. The Hornets then extended their lead to six (10-4) with 13:20 on the clock after scoring three-straight tallies.

W&L attempted a comeback with scores by first-year midfielder Emily Conway (Darien, Conn./Greenwich Academy) and Brewster, closing its deficit to four (10-6) by the 7:17 mark. However, sophomore attacker Mary Kogler answered with one final goal for SU with two minutes to go (11-6), while the Generals found the back of the net just once more in the game as the Hornets claimed the four-goal win.

In net for the Blue and White was sophomore Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge), who collected seven saves and 11 goals-against in 60 minutes. Junior Ashley Cross recorded 13 saves and seven goals-against while spending the entire game in the cage for SU.

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2013-04-03



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