Washington & Lee Runs Past St. Mary's

Leonardtown, Md. Sophomore midfielder Tori Poffenberger (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro) tallied her first career hat trick but it wasn't enough as the St. Mary's dropped its season-opener, 16-6, to Washington & Lee University Wednesday afternoon. The game was played at SMR Stadium at St. Mary's Ryken High School.

Sophomore midfielder Shelby Newman (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) finished with a goal and an assist as well as a team-best four ground balls while sophomore midfielder Brynn Miller (Frederick, Md./Urbana) gained a team-high three draw controls.

The two sides traded the first six goals of the contest as the game was tied 3-3 at 16:26. Washington & Lee (2-0) distanced themselves from the Seahawks with three consecutive goals in a two-minute span for a 6-3 lead at 7:42. Neither team scored for the next five minutes until sophomore midfielder Shelby Newman (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) converted on a free position shot.

The Generals closed out the half with two goals 22 seconds apart in the final 1:45 of the half for an 8-4 halftime advantage.

Senior attacker Margaret Klein (North Andover, Mass./Brooks) registered her second straight four-goal performance while senior attacker Greta Witter (Houston, Texas/Hill School) added two goals and two assists to pace the Generals.

St. Mary's (0-1) netted the first score of the second half just 36 seconds as junior attacker Christy Bishop (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg) quick-sticked a feed from Newman. W&L picked up the next two goals before Poffenberger cut the lead to 10-6 at 14:15. It was all Generals after that as W&L tallied the final six goals.

Sophomore Kayla Dunn (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) recorded six stops with two ground balls while junior Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) turned away five Seahawk shots.

The Seahawks will look to rebound this Saturday, February 22nd as St. Mary's faces Dickinson College in a neutral-site game at St. Paul's School (Brooklandville, Md.). Game time is 3:00 p.m.

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LEORNARDTOWN, Md. Washington and Lee outscored St. Mary's, 5-1, in the final 9:43 of the first half to post a 16-6 victory over the Seahawks on Wednesday afternoon.

The game was tightly contested over the first 16:26, with both teams exchanging goals before senior midfielder Meade Brewster (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) got the run started at the 9:43 mark off an assist from senior attacker Gretta Witter (Houston, Texas/The Hill School). Witter followed with a tally of her own 19 seconds later to give the Generals a 5-3 lead with 9:24 on the clock.

First-year attacker Sara Holland (Houston, Texas/M.B. Lamar) increased W&L's lead to three goals (6-3) with 7:42 left to play with an unassisted tally. Sophomore midfielder Shelby Newman pulled St. Mary's (0-1) within two (6-4) after she recorded a goal at the 2:42 mark.

The Generals then capped the first half with a pair of goals, one at the 1:45 mark from senior attacker Margaret Klein (North Andover, Mass./Brooks) and another at the 1:23 mark from sophomore attacker Carly Taglienti (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) to take an 8-4 lead going into the intermission.

Each team scored two goals in the first 14:15 in the second half before the Generals scored six-consecutive goals in the final 12:24 to pull away for the win.

For the game, W&L (2-0) held an advantage in draw controls, 15-9, while both teams registered 25 ground balls.

Junior Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) played all 60 minutes in goal for the Generals, collecting five saves. In the cage for the Seahawks was sophomore Kayla Dunn, who recorded six saves.

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