Washington & Lee Coasts by Christopher Newport, 19-9

LEXINGTON, Va. The 10th-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team produced six-goal runs in both the first and second halves en route to a 19-9 victory over Christopher Newport in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at Watt Field. With the win, the Generals improved to 16-3, setting a new school record for victories.

The Lady Captains (11-8) jumped out to a 3-0 lead just 5:27 into the game on unassisted goals by freshman attacker Shayna Sargent (Woodbridge, Va./Osbourn Park), junior midfielder Kristyn Hankins (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) and junior attacker Kristen Conques (Fairfax, Va./Paul VI). The Generals responded with three consecutive goals, including a pair by senior attacker Kate Lester (Wilmington, Del./Friends) in a span of 19 seconds, to even the score at 3-3 with 21:28 remaining in the half. CNU then notched consecutive tallies by Conques and Hankins to retake the advantage at 5-3 with 12:13 left, but W&L retaliated with six consecutive goals to carry a 9-5 edge into halftime. Junior midfielder Kelly Evans (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) notched two goals, while senior attacker Amanda Strickler (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) had one goal and two assists during the spurt.

The Lady Captains opened the second stanza with two straight goals to pull within 9-7 with 20:17 remaining, but the Generals went on another six-goal run to open up a 15-7 lead at the 12:29 mark en route to the 19-9 win.

Strickler finished with a career-high tying seven points on three goals and four assists, while Lester and Evans each tallied three goals. Freshman attacker Kelsi Robinson (West Chester, Pa./Westtown) added two goals and two assists, while senior midfielder Louisa Feve (Bethesda, Md./Winston Churchill) notched two goals and one helper. Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Tilbor (West Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) played all 60 minutes and made a season-high 13 saves.

For CNU, Conques finished with three goals and an assist, while Hankins added two scores. Senior goalkeeper Lindsay Naill (Alexandria, Va./Bishop Ireton) also played the entire game and stopped 11 shots.

The Generals now advance to the NCAA Regional hosted by Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md. W&L will play fourth-ranked The College of New Jersey in the second round on Saturday at 2:30 pm.


W&L GOALS: Amanda Strickler 3, Kate Lester 3, Kelly Evans 3, Kelsi Robinson 2, Louisa Feve 2, Christine Bender 1, Maggie Megear 1, Mallory Lobisser 1, Laura Henson 1, Karina Schless 1, Kate Corr 1.
W&L ASSISTS: Amanda Strickler 4, Kelsi Robinson 2, Christine Bender 1, Lane Earnest 1, Louisa Feve 1, Avery Lovejoy 1.

CNU GOALS: Kristen Conques 3, Kristyn Hankins 2, Katie Doherty 1, Shayna Sargent 1, Kylene Jennings 1, Holli Sawyer 1.
CNU ASSISTS: Kristen Conques 1.

Sarah Tilbor (W&L) 60:00, 9 GA, 13 Saves
Lindsay Naill (CNU) 60:00, 19 GA, 11 Saves


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