March 5, 2011

Trio of Hat Tricks Leads No. 19 W&M Past BU

from press release

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Three Tribe players recorded hat tricks as the No. 19 William and Mary lacrosse team earned a 15-11 victory against Boston University on Albert-Daly Field at Martin Family Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Senior Grace Golden and freshman Taelor Salmon both totaled four goals apiece, while senior Maggie Anderson posted four points on three goals and an assist. Golden also registered three draw controls, three caused turnovers and a ground ball as she moved into second place on W&M’s career draw controls list with 110.

Junior Jenny Michael and redshirt freshman Katie Stillwell were both key on draws with five and four, respectively, and helped the Tribe (2-1) earn a decisive 19-9 advantage as a team. Senior Sarah Jonson also registered three draw controls to go with four ground balls and five caused turnovers, as she moved into second on the program’s all time caused turnovers list with 101. The five caused turnovers were just one shy of W&M’s single-game school record.

Senior goalkeeper Emily Geary also helped key the victory, allowing a season-low 11 goals and with seven saves.

The contest was close early, as the College and the Terriers were tied 2-2 after the opening five minutes of action. Stillwell and Salmon both scored on free position opportunities to provide W&M’s goals.

The Tribe began to pull away midway through the initial half with a 6-2 run that helped the squad build an 8-4 advantage. Anderson and Golden both came up big during the stretch with three and two goals, respectively, while Salmon punctuated the run with an unassisted score at the 13:58 mark.

Although BU narrowed the margin to 8-6 shortly thereafter, sophomore Kyrstin Mackrides and Salmon both found the back of the cage in the stanza’s closing minutes to give the Tribe four-goal cushion at the break.

W&M owned a 12-5 advantage in draws during the opening 30 minutes, while Anderson and Salmon led the squad with three goals apiece.

While Boston was the first to get on the scoreboard in the second half, the Tribe responded with a pivotal 4-0 run to extend the lead to 14-7 with 22:00 remaining. Golden tallied a pair of the scores, while Salmon and Michael both registered goals on 8-meter shots.

Four unanswered goals by the Terriers narrowed the margin to 14-11 with 5:34 left on the clock, but a fast-break score by junior Stephanie Steinweg off a pass from Anderson with just over two minutes remaining sealed W&M’s victory.

The Tribe will return to action when it plays at Oregon next Friday at 5 p.m. (PST).

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