Top Seed Guilford Falls to Washington & Lee in ODAC Semis

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Top-seeded Guilford was upset in its women's lacrosse semifinal Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) game against Washington and Lee University Saturday, 14-13.

Washington and Lee (9-9) scored the first two goals of the game. Guilford countered with the next two. The Generals quickly regained the lead with three unanswered goals, 5-2. The teams traded the next two goals. E'leyna Garcia and Becca Colley each netted goals, narrowing the Generals' lead to one, 6-5. Washington and Lee scored two goals in the last six minutes to put them ahead 8-5 at the half.

The Generals' continued their scoring domination with the first two goals of the second half. A series of four unanswered goals by the Quakers brought the score within one, 11-10, with 20:59 remaining. Washington and Lee scored another two, followed by a quick two from Guilford, with 13:00 on the clock, the score 13-12.

Washington and Lee scored with just under 10 minutes remaining, increasing their lead to two. Eleanora Keene scored with 4:09 left on the clock, bringing Guilford within one, 14-13. The Quakers were unable to regain possession after losing the final draw control.

Guilford was called for 34 fouls, to Washington and Lee's 23. The Quakers were charged with two yellow cards and one red card, one of each coming within the final 45 seconds.

The Generals were led by Katie Hagen, who had seven points on six goals and one assist. Emily Conway and Meade Brewster each scored three goals. Goalkeeper Cara Mulligan led the team with three ground balls. Brewster had a game-high six draw controls. Mulligan tallied 11 saves.

Four Quakers shared top scoring honors, with three goals apiece: Marina Bailey, Eleanora Keene, E'leyna Garcia and Becca Colley. Goalkeeper Liza Mettler had 15 saves in the effort.

Washington and Lee earned a spot in the ODAC final, which will take place Saturday, May 4 against Shenandoah University, at Shenandoah.

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GREENSBORO, N.C. Fourth-seeded Washington and Lee claimed an 8-5 advantage at halftime and never relinquished the lead in a 14-13 upset win over top-seeded Guilford on Saturday in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament semifinals.

Junior attacker Katie Hagen (West Chester, Pa./Notre Dame) opened the contest's scoring with an unassisted goal at 26:07. Just 3:40 later, junior midfielder Meade Brewster (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) put the Generals up 2-0 after scoring off a feed from first-year attacker Carly Taglienti (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) with 22:27 left.

GC then used the next 2:37 to tie up the game at 2-2, with unassisted tallies by first-year midfielder Marina Bailey and sophomore midfielder Eleanora Keene.

The Generals answered back with three-straight goals to push their lead to three (5-2) by the 16:30 mark. In the run, Hagen notched one goal and an assist and Brewster added two more scores to her day.

Bailey broke up the scoring run with a Quaker goal at 14:17 (5-3), only to have first-year Emily Conway (Darien, Conn./Greenwich Academy) bring W&L's lead back to three, 6-3, less than a minute later.

The final 10 minutes of the first half featured two more goals by each team, allowing the Generals to head into the break with an 8-5 lead.

With goals by Hagen and Conway in the first 2:36 of the second period, the Generals gained their largest lead of the game (10-5) at 27:24. Sophomore midfielder Eleanora Keene cut the Quakers' deficit to four, 10-6, with 26:17 to play, but Hagen notched her fourth goal of the game at the 25:05 to bring the lead to 11-6.

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