W&L Advances to NCAA Regionals with Win over Denison

LEXINGTON, Va. The 12th-ranked Washington and Lee lacrosse team advanced to the regional round of the NCAA Tournament after posting a 13-5 victory over the Denison Big Red on Saturday afternoon at Watt Field. With the win, W&L (17-2) has tied the program's record for wins in a season.

With the game tied at 1-1 with 23:31 left on the clock in the first period, senior attacker Greta Witter (Houston, Texas/The Hill School) sparked a 6-0 run that lasted for 10:25 to give the Generals a 7-2 lead with 7:38 left on the clock. First-year attacker Sara Holland (Houston, Texas/M.B. Lamar) led the spurt with two goals, while sophomore attacker Melissa Coggins (St. John's, Fla./Bartram Trail) added three assists.

Denison (13-5) answered with a man-up goal from junior midfielder Erin Keller (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy) at the 3:36 mark, but senior attacker Margaret Klein (North Andover, Mass./Brooks) scored at the 2:32 mark to give W&L a six-goal (8-2) lead going into the intermission.

Denison would score just three goals in the second half, while W&L added five to its total to reach the 13-5 final margin. Five different Generals scored in the final period and Coggins notched the only assist.

For the game, W&L held a 12-8 edge in draw controls and a 21-14 advantage in ground balls.

Junior keeper Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) earned the win in goal for the Generals, finishing with five saves. Sophomore Laura Van Horn (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) suffered the loss and finished with six saves.

Sophomore attacker Carly Taglienti (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) led the Blue and White with three goals and one assist, while Holland, Klein and first-year midfielder Hayley Soutter (McLean, Va./Langley) each notched two goals. Senior defender Leanne Stone (Darien, Conn./Darien) led the defense with five ground balls and four caused turnovers. Senior midfielder Meade Brewster (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) added one goal to go along with her game-high six draw controls.

Sophomore attacker Carol Allen (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth) paced the Big Red with two goals. Junior defender Isabel Swicklik (Baltimore, Md./Friends School of Baltimore) led the back line with three ground balls and three caused turnovers, while junior midfielder Whitney Powel (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Westminster School) added three ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers.

The Generals will face the winner of the TCNJ Susquehanna game next Saturday. The game-time and location will be announced at a later date.

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The 12th-ranked Washington & Lee Generals earned a berth in the third round of the 2014 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament following a 13-5 victory over Denison on Saturday afternoon in Lexington, Va.

Washington & Lee opened the scoring with a Carly Taglienti unassisted goal at 25:23. The Big Red answered less than two minutes later when Piper Logan found Carol Allen for the game-tying score. After a five and a half minute scoring drought, the Generals rattled off six goals in roughly 11 minutes to build a 7-1 advantage.

Denison's Erin Keller broke up the run with an unassisted tally as 3:36. W&L answered one minute and four seconds later with a free-position goal to take a six-goal advantage into the break. The Generals' Taglienti and Margaret Klein opened the second-half scoring with goals at 22:35 and 19:04, respectively.

DU senior Lauren Adams shrunk the deficit to 10-3 with an unassisted goal at 16:19. Now trailing 11-3, 2014 North Coast Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year Claire Ludlow took a pass from junior Whitney Powel at midfield and burst through the Washington & Lee defense towards goalie Cara Mulligan. Ludlow made a move and ripped a shot past Mulligan to close the gap to 11-4.

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